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Diversity and inclusion: Stay Truis to yourself

At Truis, we believe that IT is for everyone. This means cutting the jargon to make IT easy for everyone to understand. It also means creating an internal culture that makes our people feel welcome to be themselves.
Diversity and inclusion: Stay Truis to yourself

As a people-first tech provider, diversity and inclusion are really important to us.

But before we get into why these things matter so much, let’s start at the beginning – what’s the difference between workplace diversity and workplace inclusion, anyway?

Diversity and inclusion – how are they different?

Diversity and inclusion are often used interchangeably, but they are two different things.

In a nutshell, diversity is about different groups of people being fairly represented. Whereas inclusion is about valuing the contributions and perspectives of different groups within the workplace.

For example, a space that welcomes people of different ages, genders, nationalities, and sexual orientations but only values the input of certain groups is diverse, but not inclusive.
And a space that values the contributions of all, but only represents certain groups of people is inclusive, but not diverse.

Healthy, happy workplaces are ones that champion diversity and inclusion.
Which is why at Truis, we’re taking steps to become better every day.

Why it pays to put people first

There’s a lot of data to support the fact that when leadership teams are diverse and inclusive, they are more likely to outperform their competitors in profitability.

Research like this is compelling from a business perspective.
But from a human perspective, it comes as no surprise.
In fact, we think it’s all pretty simple to make sense of.

By creating a culture where our people feel embraced for their authentic selves, we’re supporting their wellbeing and happiness. And when our team members feel happy and supported – this positive energy shines through to all of us.

It means our team culture is strengthened. Our customers and partners have better experiences. And all of this adds up to an all ‘round better Truis.

So, what can you do to embrace diversity and inclusivity in your organisation?

Every little bit counts

When it comes to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace – there’s few businesses who have it down to a perfect harmony. And that’s okay.
What matters is that every day, you make an effort to create the type of workplace where your people feel comfortable to be their authentic selves and know that their contributions are always valued.

Not sure where to start? Here’s some initiatives to get you thinking about the possibilities:

  • At Truis, our staff undertake diversity and inclusion training.
  • We have developed a cultural diversity office calendar which includes holidays, celebrations and days of awareness.  We frequently check in with our staff to help grow this with the important dates they want to see represented.
  • We have established an internal, staff-lead DE&I committee that assesses upcoming dates, as well as organises events and days of recognition.
  • A group of our employees representing various departments and cultural backgrounds have come together to complete our ‘Empower People (DE&I) Fundamentals’ training to create an equity and inclusion strategy. Every quarter, the senior leadership team gets together to assess our progress towards these goals.
  • Our friends at Veeam offer an internal program, Women In Green, to support women in IT/business

Of course, we all have a long way to go when it comes to making our workplaces happier, healthier places.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be diving deeper into the topics of diversity and inclusion.

Keep an eye on Bluestone News for more.