June is Pride month, an annual celebration commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which was a major turning point in ending discriminatory laws and practices against the LGBTQ community in the United States. At SpotOn, Pride month is a time to honor and recognize the inclusion and diversity that makes our company so successful. This year, with most of our employees working remotely during the pandemic, we reached out to various members of our leadership team to get their insights on why it’s important to strive for a more diverse and equitable work environment.
What makes Pride month so special at SpotOn?
Brad Dunshee, Director of Marketing: SpotOn is a company that does more than simply pay lip service to diversity and inclusion. We believe that great business ideas come from having a diverse collection of talented people, and we see this both with our employees and the small business community we work with. Pride month is a great occasion to really celebrate that diversity, particularly this year when it has coincided with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Pride day celebration 2018
How is SpotOn embracing diversity?
Ron Kasnow, Human Resources Senior Manager: Given what’s going on in the world with the pandemic, our first priority has been keeping employees safe by quickly pivoting to work from home, putting safety measures into place for the people who are working in the office, and providing advice and resources for staying healthy. That’s meant that most of our employees are working remotely and, unfortunately, that’s made it tough to have any formal Pride month events. Instead, we’ve taken the opportunity to look at all the processes and programs we have in place to see how we can do a better job and make sure our employees have the resources they need to keep growing and making our company as inclusive as possible.
"All races, genders, ages… everybody, with all their unique backgrounds
should be welcomed to the leadership discussions."
What are the benefits of having a diverse group of people working together?
Ron Kasnow: If your organization only has the same kind of people with similar backgrounds making all the decisions, you will get pretty much the same results every time. It’s not a great recipe for innovation. In contrast, when you have a wide, diverse group of people with different backgrounds and experiences, all their perspectives combine to create out-of-the-box solutions with extraordinary outcomes that benefit the company. This is well known within the HR world, and it’s very much the approach that SpotOn takes with diversity.
Chrissy Ouellette, VP of Business Development: The same is true with our Account Executives, who provide hands-on support to our small and medium sized business clients across North America. Investing in a diverse team benefits both morale and overall performance because we are very much a relationship-based business. As our clients continue to become more diverse in their needs and wants, we have to rise to that need by employing a diverse team. Being diverse allows us to build those relationships faster and be more responsive to the challenges our clients face so can build better solutions.
What can we expect after Pride month is over?
Ron Kasnow: Pride month is a big deal because there’s still a lot we can improve as a society. As a company, our stance is that every employee should feel valued. When we say that we are all in this together, it’s because we are. We are not looking at diversity and inclusion with the mindset that “we have to do it,” but rather that we want to do it. It’s been a tough year for our nation, but the sentiment that reigns right now at SpotOn is that we are all where we want to be. We are at SpotOn because we like it here, we feel appreciated, and we know that we’re making a difference in the lives of our clients.
SpotOn supports diversity, equality, and inclusion