When people go to work every day, they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. In essence, they want to feel a part of something purposeful, meaningful, and they want to be included. Naturally, there many types of people and personalities that make up the core of an organization – but what is at the root of a successful organization? We sat down with Trupanion recruiting manager, Amy Kirsch, who unveils a closer look into Trupanion’s diversity in the workplace initiative and what’s in store for the future.
The importance of diversity in the workplace
Diversity in the workplace is an essential element to help achieve a productive and fulfilled team. In addition, a culture that supports diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a critical stepping-stone to the success of team members and long-term wellness of the organization. Naturally, it might take time to change the current dynamic of any workplace. However, starting small and making an authentic effort can create a positive shift over time.
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace with Trupanion: it starts with the culture
It all starts with the culture behind the organization. In some ways, Trupanion’s culture had a foundation of inclusion from the start. For instance, “we believe you should be who you are,” states Amy Kirsch. Further, with a casual work environment and no dress code, we place value in the quality of work you do, not outward appearances. Essentially, by having the opportunity to be your true self, your originality can make quite an impact on the organization. For example, authenticity, originality, and sincerity are all part of Trupanion’s core values. These qualities can translate across departments in the workplace through effective communication, successful collaboration, and inspiring leadership.
Inclusion in the workplace: Trupanion TRUPRIDE
We embrace the ideals of what Pride stands for and welcome this as a part of our family culture. Because of this, the TRUPRIDE group at Trupanion was founded. Further, TRUPRIDE is a group made up of Trupanion team members who are either a part of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally of this community. While this passion project was started two years ago, with just two members, the group has grown organically to over 70 members, and continues to grow every day.
“I created TRUPRIDE not only to be a support system for our community that is already in place, but also for the new hires to know immediately there is a safe space for them,” points out Kirsch.
Consider these additional factors on how TRUPRIDE elevates the workplace environment:
Support of senior leadership
Provides a trusting space
Supportive network to create allies
Fosters creative relationships and collaboration across departments
Provides a fun space to hang out and make memories
An avenue to provide career learning and growth
In addition to providing a supportive environment, TRUPRIDE also facilitates additional resources to educate their team members on gender in the workplace. For instance, members offer a continuing education webinar on gender inclusive language and sponsor Pride events in the office. Later on this month, TRUPRIDE will be walking in the 45th Annual Seattle PRIDE Paradeon Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: the role it plays
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace open up opportunity, a chance to effectively collaborate across teams, and nurtures a safe and healthy work environment for all. Also, it provides opportunities across departments for growth, career advancement, and movement within the company. Certainly, all team members are encouraged to pursue their passions that align with their career aspirations.
Leadership opportunity at Trupanion
Moreover, women in leadership continue to make a lasting impact in the Trupanion workplace. Likewise, every team member is given the opportunity to grow and advance in their career.
Consider the following statistics of women in leadership at Trupanion:
Nearly 33% of chief officer roles within the organization are women
About 48% of senior leadership, such as VP and department heads, are women
Roughly 70% of positions in management are women
Generally, 25% of the roles in tech are women
“Prioritizing inclusion and diversity amongst our teams is at the heart of our culture. Team members feel like it’s their company too, and that everyone has an opportunity to contribute and succeed. Working alongside team members from different backgrounds, whose work styles and whose attitudes vary from their own leads to a sense of belonging. This leads to improved performance, work ethic, and allows us to better recognize the needs of our teams and to make more informed decisions,” states Melissa Hines, VP of Member Care at Trupanion.
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: working together for a stronger culture
Diversity in the workplace is essential to everything from collaboration to team building. We sat down with Taj Wallace, the creator of Trupanion’s newest resource group, TruLOVE.
TruLOVE stands for Leadership of Various Ethnicities in Trupanion. In addition, this new resource group is for people of color and allies of people of color.
“The purpose of TruLOVE is to bring awareness to the adversities people of color face in the workplace and in society. Also, to create a safe space for people of color to express themselves, and bring cultural awareness to Trupanion,” says Wallace
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: the true embodiment of the word team
Diversity in the workplace is a chance to change the way we’re thinking and evolve and better support our fellow team members. In essence, we are taking care of our team members and creating a healthy, happy, and productive work environment.
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is a digital content writer for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being creatively inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with pets all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family.