Why is it important to celebrate?


So many organisations celebrate diversity and inclusion first, for example, submitting awards, hitting arbitrary targets and trying to appear in the Press. Or spending too much time on the wrong benchmarking indices which can be a box ticking exercise and not really changing your culture.  However, the lived experience for employees is that it is not a particularly inclusive culture where they feel like they belong and end up leaving. Meanwhile, a lot of time and energy is put into winning awards instead of actively improving the workplace.


That said, it is important to celebrate  but only once you have done all the hard work and created your inclusive organisation. And you can certainly celebrate key milestones along the way. You can raise your profile as an employer of choice, you can share best practice with your employees, your industry, and other sectors looking at yours.