I recently had the opportunity to travel to Dublin, Ireland, to speak at TalentCon 2023, a conference hosted by ERF for recruitment professionals. When I wasn’t discussing diversity recruitment versus skills-based recruitment, I was taking in the beautiful sights and rich culture of Ireland’s beloved capital city. In one of these jaunts I came across a coffee shop with an innovative approach to reducing waste.
They called it a “Deposit and Return Cup Scheme,” which encourages the use of reusable cups to reduce the 22,000 disposable cups that are thrown away in Ireland every hour. It was encouraging to see that efforts to reduce waste and become more responsible stewards of our environment are happening all over the world. As more organizations recognize the need to incorporate sustainability practices into their DEI initiatives, they are having a growing impact on their workplaces and communities. With Earth Day only a week in our rearview, this issue’s Simply Good highlights what two of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States are doing to boost recycling efforts among their customers.
While we’re talking about boosting efficacy, how are your DEI efforts going at work? It’s ok, you can be honest. Many people who are passionate about increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organizations are unsure how to do it – and are too afraid to ask for help. Don’t let pride get in the way of truly transforming your workplace. In Simply Diversity, learn more about my D.E.I. Quiz, an assessment tool that reveals where you’re being effective, and where you could benefit from additional learning. Addressing DEI at work is like any other skill: you need to be aware of what you know now to identify what you still need to learn.
Speaking of learning, I would love to equip and empower your team at your next conference or annual meeting. Check out What’s Happening for details on how we can collaborate to transform your workplace culture.
Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO