December is Universal Human Rights month, which commemorates the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations (U.N.) on December 10, 1948. With the 75th anniversary of the signing coming in 2023, the U.N. is launching a year-long campaign to increase awareness of the UDHR and empower people to fight for their rights and the rights of others.
The right to food is just one of the tenets recognized in the UDHR as part of the right to an adequate standard of living. The World Central Kitchen (WCK) has been crossing frontlines and providing disaster relief to protect this right since 2010. Our Simply Good contribution is a powerful video produced by WCK that details the work that 100s of chefs and restaurants are currently doing to feed refugees in Ukraine and its outlying areas. You can also visit their website to find out how to support the life-saving services they’re providing.
In November we had the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion with clients. There we revealed the top three trends that the consultants from the DEI Collaborative have heard from a culmination of the clients we work with. It’s no surprise to us at Rework Work that the three themes exist alongside our mantra of DEI: Disrupt, Evolve and Innovate.
- The world is demanding more. Organizations are forced to navigate the volume and weight of complex challenges shaped by societal events that seep into the workplace. Reframe the idea that “things are getting worse” to the realization that needs are being uncovered. Disruption is happening.
- The way leadership looks is changing. Today’s complex business environment calls for new approaches to leadership. There is an opportunity to support leaders to define their role in this work and be held accountable to it. Evolution of leadership is key.
- Decision-makers hold varying agendas. DEI leaders are oftentimes navigating differing agendas and views from key stakeholders. Some want quick fixes resulting in check-the-box approaches while others see what’s needed for more long-term sustainable solutions. Managing this complexity leads to feelings of isolation and burnout that impacts DEI changemakers. Innovation is needed.
And speaking of varying agendas, is your DEIB work authentic or performative? In Simply Diversity, I’ll help you identify where your organization falls and provide tips to help you ensure that DEIB stays a priority (even in a recession!).
Finally, check out What’s Happening to find the virtual broadcast of my session at Talent Connect 2022, LinkedIn’s largest event for talent industry professionals and global influencers.
Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO