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The Importance of Inclusion During the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important organizations keep inclusion at top of mind by considering the different beliefs and customs all employees have when it comes to celebrating the holidays.

One way that many companies are being inclusive is by having a floating holiday or a day off that is not tied to any specific religious or cultural event. A floating holiday means that an employee can use this day as a paid vacation day at any time during the year, and it doesn't have to fall on any specific date. This provides flexibility for everyone in your company, regardless of what they celebrate.

In addition to a floating holiday, it is important that your company be sensitive to the diverse beliefs and customs of everyone in the workplace. This includes not requiring participation during celebrations you are hosting at work. For example, if you are hosting a holiday party for everyone in your company, be sure that there is an option for those who do not celebrate the holidays. This could include a non-religious celebration or simply being respectful by celebrating without requiring participation. If food is a part of the celebration, it's important to consider potential dietary restrictions during the holidays and provide a variety of options.

Lastly, it is important to ensure you have a diverse planning committee so there is representation for a diverse population who can work together to ensure that the organization is mindful of how activities may impact employee's beliefs and customs.

By being inclusive and thoughtful in your approach, you can create a work environment that is welcoming to all and celebrates the holidays in an inclusive way.

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