Inclusive Organizations Win.
Yes, that’s a bold statement, but it is something we strongly believe at Blue Rock Search. It is also why we embrace Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging as part of our own culture and encourage our clients across all our practices to do so, too.
When it comes to building culture, there is truth in the old adage that says, “If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten.” The starting point for a different – and we would say, better – DE&I outcome starts with understanding and eliminating bias in the hiring process. From there a major part of DEI work is about ensuring that diverse talent is valued in the workplace and has a fair chance to rise through the ranks into leadership positions. You are better positioned to achieve your business goals when your executive leadership creates a culture that embraces and supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
“Diversity” describes heterogeneity within a business that has many different perspectives, backgrounds, and demographics present, typically resulting from deliberate actions taken to achieve that representation. “Equity” adds the dimension of fairness. Where “equality” may still overlook different circumstances, equity is an approach that takes into account how different people or groups come from different places. “Inclusion” is about how truly welcome people feel and how welcome their perspectives are within the broader picture.
“Belonging” is a term stemming from inclusion. It is about creating an organizational culture that authentically values its people, sees differences as a net positive, and actively works to continually create an environment where people feel safe and excel. We are committed to working in collaboration with others to build safe environments where people of every background can be their best – and whole – selves, where honest conversations can be had about devastating actions past and present, and where we can support one another wholeheartedly.
Ruben Moreno speaks on his experience at Cornell University and how racial tensions in his community taught him and his peers how to see through others’ lenses.
Can inequality within the workplace be eliminated? We believe it can. By working with people who are different than us, we learn. It benefits organizations, expands our approach to creative problem solving, and fosters innovation. Productivity thrives when our clients reflect the communities they serve, as well as when employees feel they are respected and heard. Building a culture where employees can safely be their true selves and know they are valued, promotes engagement and retention, positively impacting the bottom line.
At Blue Rock Search, we never lose sight of the many people who have advised, mentored, and opened doors for us. As a female/minority-owned executive search firm, we know helping hands matter, and we understand the realities of living as part of groups who face bias in everyday life. Our motto is “Relationships Built to Last.” We firmly believe that those long-lasting relationships must be built on a foundation of trust, respect, and support in both words and actions, and we are committed to demonstrating that in everything we do. We proudly report that we have successfully delivered diverse candidates on all searches performed and have placed diverse executives in well-known publicly traded, and privately held organizations across the country.
By working together, we will reach the summit of success, where DEI&B is no longer an aspirational goal—and instead has become the foundation for corporate culture, and the way we all think, act, and believe.