The Necessary Evolution of Diversity & Inclusion: The Three “Rs” (Recognition, Relationships and Respect for all) Critical to Building a Truly Inclusive Workplace

Lauren Zajac, Chief Legal Officer, Globoforce, USA

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is top of mind for every forward-thinking organization. Yet, despite their best intentions and efforts, organizations continue to struggle to build truly inclusive workplaces – where all employees – of race, gender, ethnicity, political leaning, religion, or sexual orientation – feel a strong sense of belonging and are comfortable being who they are. To be successful in today’s business environment, organizations need to build workplaces where every employee has a voice and feels respected. It’s a fundamental goal to create a corporate culture that allows each employee to feel secure and comfortable enough to bring their best and true self to work. Organizations need to believe in human potential – to put people first and to build a culture based not only on corporate goals and objectives but also on humanity, connection, and trust. Above all, organizations need to realize that making a more inclusive workplace starts with a moment of gratitude, amplified across and repeated within an organization by inspiring people to be more human, courageous, and authentic.

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USA Employment Consultant October 2018 Vol.12, No. 45, Autumn 2018

Lauren Zajac

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As Chief Legal officer and Data Protection Officer, Lauren oversees all legal, regulatory, and compliance affairs for Globoforce. With more than 15 years experience, she has served as legal counsel for a broad mix of high-growth public and private companies. Prior to Globoforce, Lauren was vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel at Metatomix, Inc., a leading provider of semantic solutions that was acquired by Versata Enterprises in 2010. Previous to this, she held the role of vice president, general counsel at Riverdeep, an Irish-based, public educational software company. Lauren also served as senior counsel for Allaire Corporation, Macromedia, Inc., and counsel for Object Design, Inc. She holds a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

Globoforce

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Pioneer of the WorkHuman movement, Globoforce makes work more human for millions of people and organizations worldwide. Today, Globoforce is the leading provider of human applications, including its award-winning Social Recognition solution. Through its WorkHuman Cloud suite of products, companies can strengthen employee performance and relationships between people and teams on a more positive, socially connected level – in tune with how work gets done today. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Framingham, Mass., and Dublin, Ireland.

USA Employment Consultant October 2018 Vol.12, No. 45, Autumn 2018