This has been a year of reckoning and change for many companies and Ogden has been no exception. Our work is incremental, but we are committed to long-term change in order to create a safe and inclusive workplace.
Currently, we are working with Studio ATAO to produce an open record of our steps and setbacks and track our progress toward a more diverse and inclusive workplace over the course of a year. The goal is to share our journey with other companies that may not know where to start, may have underestimated the difficulty of changing mindsets, and may need encouragement to keep pushing forward. We will also be sharing ideas, failures, and progress in a more transparent manner, not only to help others, but also to hold ourselves publicly accountable to our commitment for making change.
The other way we will hold ourselves accountable is through the content and voices in our publications, podcasts, and events. For the past few years, we have been working to address the lack of diversity in our publications by bringing in a broader range of experts from all walks of life. Not only does this provide new and unique methodologies, it also brings a better understanding of the history behind these tools and techniques to our audience. The evidence of our initial efforts is becoming more recognizable in our mediums, and it will continue to grow.
Presently, we have reached out to seven different DEI training consultant businesses to find a good fit for our company. Our goals are to train our staff and managers in creating and maintaining a more inclusive and diverse workplace, and to specifically train management staff on hiring and retention practices. If nothing else, 2020 has shown us the many different ways work can be accomplished, and has shaken us free of some old notions of what a “work place” has to look like.
Please feel free to contact us with ideas and suggestions at email@example.com.