A Plea for Humanity in Wake of Shootings

November 9, 2018 Steve Pemberton

As we head into the end of the year and the holiday season, I want to take a moment to reflect on the recent tragedies that unfolded in Pittsburgh, Louisville, and now California. So many innocent lives were lost – families forever changed – and for no reason.

These are extremely challenging times in our world, with cultural collisions every day.

Civility has left our conversations. There is a disturbing lack of dignity and respect for each other, especially when we have different viewpoints.

At Globoforce, we believe in equality and respect for all people in the workplace – regardless of their faith or political beliefs. It is so important to our company, our history and our future, that we do not let that external tone seep into our conversations.

Let’s remember that multiple perspectives allow for the most informed decisions so every employee, regardless of religion, nationality, color, or race is empowered to have a voice, feels respected, has a strong sense of belonging, and is comfortable bringing his or her whole self to work. Innovation is more likely when we not only celebrate our differences, but embrace them and expect them.

A truly inclusive workplace is free of conscious and unconscious bias, bullying, intimidation and superficial judgement. It is a workplace that serves as a healing ground for people with different viewpoints. That’s what we strive to achieve at Globoforce.

The bar is higher for us because we help organizations build more human workplaces by recognizing the contributions that all people bring to the workforce. We have a particular responsibility to open our minds and hearts to each other – respecting, applauding, and supporting our differences.

These tragedies are also a reminder to reach out to be there for one another. Behind cheery and standard ‘how are you’ greetings could be also be a struggle that you know nothing about. We want to be a culture where we are supportive of one another in times of professional or personal challenge.

We’re not perfect. Nobody is. But we can always make a more perfect effort to be more humane and inclusive in our interactions, and maybe set an example for the rest of the world.

About the Author

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton is the CHRO of Globoforce.

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