Diverse Holiday Celebrations
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
I agree as an employer, you can do a lot in your workplace to reinforce your policy that all voices are welcome and have an impact on decisions and plans.
Inclusiveness and diversity is now beyond sending out politically correct "Happy Holidays" greeting cards and changing Christmas office parties to "holiday parties."
Acting inclusively is no longer mere changing labels and titles; you can choose to help build understanding and awareness of traditions and beliefs of others.
As an employer, you can treat the needs of different employees about religious or holiday celebrations with flexibility. Offer floating holidays as part of your paid holiday schedule. Offer a prayer or meditation space. Include vegetarian options in all food offerings as many religions have strict diets. Schedule important meetings, events, and parties on days that don't interfere with religious holidays across cultures.