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Celebrating Pride Month in the Workplace: How to Foster Inclusivity and Celebration

Pride Month, observed every June, is a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions, history, and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. For workplaces, it presents an opportunity to promote inclusivity, foster a supportive environment, and demonstrate a commitment to diversity.

As one of the leading accounting outsourcing companies here in the Philippines, Intelligent Outsourcing has equal value and respect among the members of the LGBTQ+ community team members.

There are many ways wherein we can show inclusivity and respect towards our team members who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some ways on how an organization can celebrate Pride Month meaningfully as practiced by iO too.

Educate and Raise Awareness

Organize workshops or webinars on LGBTQ+ history, the significance of Pride Month, and issues faced by the community. Invite guest speakers who are members or allies of the community who can provide valuable insights about the LGBTQ+ history. Create a dedicated section on the company intranet or even bulletin boards in the office sharing articles, stories, and documentaries about the LGBTQ+ rights and history.

Create a Welcoming Environment

As an accounting outsourcing company in the Philippines, one must imagine that Intelligent Outsourcing can be a challenging workplace for the LGBTQ+ community. However, this is not the case. iO has a very welcoming approach to the members of the community and always has high regard for them. Part of the core values of iO is Respect, regardless of your sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a culture that has been established since the company’s inception.

Visibility and Support

Intelligent Outsourcing has always championed diversity and inclusivity in the workplace by hiring accounting professionals because of their competency regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. The level of support given to the members of the LGBTQ+ community by the leaders are equal to all the team members. In the same manner, the partner clients have always looked at the competence of the accountants and not with their gender identities. As an accounting outsourcing company, iO is way forward when it comes to giving support and visibility to the members of the community.

Highlight and Celebrate LGBTQ+ Employees

As part of the Pride Month celebration last year, Intelligent Outsourcing held one of its events, Game Night, dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community. A recognition was also given by posting iO’s support through social media, and by recognizing the talents and genius of the members of the community. In terms of commitment, iO has fully committed to support its team members who are part of the LGBTQ+ community by giving them opportunities to grow and foster in the accounting outsourcing industry.

“All people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.”

More than just a Pride Month celebration, these practices are embraced and practiced by Intelligent Outsourcing because it is in the company’s core even when it was starting. iO has always championed diversity and inclusivity in the workplace even when some can see it challenging to do in an accounting outsourcing industry. By showing inclusivity in the workplace and celebrating the vibrant diversity of the community, iO has given opportunities to many talented and highly skilled accountants who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

iCharge is Intelligent Outsourcing’s core values and one of them is Respect.

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