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Celebrating Pride inside brings Indeedians closer together

We truly were all in this together. It was not easy and we struggled at times throughout the planning and execution of our virtual events, but we got through it together.

Johnny Snyder from 2019 Pride celebration in NYC

How Indeedians adapted to virtual Pride celebrations this year

As a Client Success Specialist and member of our iPride Inclusion Resource Group (IRG) in New York City, Johnny Snyder (He, Him, His) is celebrating his second Pride Month at Indeed. He shares how last year’s Pride Month gave him a new perspective and how he’s celebrating this year.

As a gay, mixed-race man working in the restaurant industry before Indeed, I had spent so much of my New York life working in one of the most diverse industries out there, but it was always a “be seen, not heard” atmosphere, even in management. 

I remember being told to “dial it down” by owners, referring to my flamboyance in greeting patrons and employees, while at the same time being praised for all the hard work I was doing. I just never understood how I could be commended for doing a good job and in the same breath, essentially be told to not be myself. But this all changed at Indeed.

Gaining a new perspective with iPride

I couldn’t believe how immediately comfortable I felt when I first joined iPride, Indeed’s employee-led LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Resource Group. A corporate job with a focus on marginalized communities was such a foreign concept to me, and I was so thrilled to be a part of it. 

To have senior leadership sponsor and actively participate in Pride activities was incredible to me. It still is! Because of this group, I marched in my first NYC Pride in 2019! Truth be told, I danced on the double-decker bus. It was the first time I was able to see this march from that perspective, and it was an amazing experience.

Adapting to #PrideInside

Now, with the world changed due to COVID-19, we’ve had to adjust the way we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pride march here in NYC and around the world by doing things virtually. Our regional leadership has done an incredible job with putting together intersectional events with other IRGs to allow for all Indeedians to still participate in Pride month, just in a different way.

GenderCool virtual event

From celebrating our great wins including the recent Supreme Court ruling on outlawing LGBTIA+ employment discrimination, to the focuses we still need to have on getting our transgender family protected beyond just the employment world, as well as fighting for justice for our black and brown family, there has been plenty to learn and celebrate. 

Read more: Astra’s experience transitioning at Indeed

Some of the unique things we did this year included virtual dance parties and happy hours, as well as a number of workshops, vigils and challenges to keep the spirit of Pride alive while still staying safely inside. 

One of the highlights this year was the virtual GenderCool event, an organization created through a neighborhood connection between a trans woman and a child who was transitioning. We met champions who shared their coming out stories and how their personal journeys were impacted by unconditional love and support.

Radissen, iPride Toronto

More iPride perspectives

Some of my fellow iPride members shared how the experience of having to be apart ended up bringing us closer together while celebrating Pride inside this year.

“I may not be able to celebrate Pride the way I would prefer this year but a cool silver lining came out of Indeed’s Virtual Pride – not only were we able to access international Pride events online but everyone was in the exact same virtual situation. This meant that we could all connect and have the same experience without feeling like you’re staring through a window into another person’s house. We all got to be in the same “virtual” house together.” – Radissen Ramoutar, iPride Toronto

Kimberly and family

Some Indeedians like Kimberly even took the opportunity to educate family about important history related to Pride such as the Stonewall uprising, which essentially kicked off the Pride movement. 

“Today we focused our lunchtime conversation around what happened at Stonewall and why Pride is celebrated every June. In our home, it is important to teach our boys that yes, we are all different but we all deserve to be treated fairly regardless of age, sex, race, religion, or gender reassignment. How boring would life be if we were all the same?” Kimberly shared in an Instagram post this month.

Shintaro and Masato celebrate Pride 2019 in Japan

Even though we could not celebrate Pride month like last year by participating in parades and events as a company, I was very happy to see all the amazing virtual events and the way Indeed celebrated in every possible way! I am so proud and thankful to be working for such a company that’s so dedicated to its diversity and inclusion!” – Shintaro Nakagawa, iPride Japan

Check out Shintaro’s amazing Pride inspired lip sync battle

David Kirwan, iPride Dublin

Our iPride Co-Chair in Dublin, David Kirwan, perhaps sums it up best.

“Although we were physically apart, I felt closer, more supported and more connected than ever. We truly were all in this together. It wasn’t easy and we struggled at times throughout the planning and execution of our virtual events, but we got through it together.”

Being a better ally

I am so grateful to Indeed for providing this space for marginalized groups and the people who support those that fall into them. I’m an active member of almost every IRG at Indeed now, because I truly believe that you cannot be an ally for anyone if you aren’t an ally for everyone.

I’m proud that iPride has used its platform this month to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as they fight against systemic racism. In the spirit of Stonewall, we have made sure to acknowledge the many aspects that make up our intersecting identities to stand alongside all groups fighting for equality and in opposition to discrimination and injustice.

I see now that there are companies where you can be noticed and praised for doing a good job while still allowed to be your authentic self. And thanks to Indeed, I can help to do my part to make this space more inclusive, whether it’s from the top of a bus in one of the largest Pride parades in the world or educating myself from home with the support of my company and colleagues. After all, without diversity, inclusion & belonging, a company and the people within that company cannot grow to their full potential.

Happy Pride Month to everyone!

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How leading with empathy helped Indeed create a new virtual manager training

This year, Jennifer's team was tasked with moving Indeed’s annual Manager Fest online. Here, she shares her experience, and the surprises and challenges that came with this virtual feat. 

Jennifer Sovey is a Lead Learning Experience Designer, a part of Indeed’s Employee Development.

This year, her team was tasked with moving Indeed’s annual Manager Fest online. Here, she shares her experience, and the surprises and challenges that came with this virtual feat. 

In April, Indeed’s Employee Development team hosted Manager Fest @ Home, a virtual conference to support Indeed managers as they navigate challenges while working from home and managing remotely.

Usually an in-house conference hosted in locations like Austin, Texas, or Dublin, Ireland, with 100-300 Indeed managers attending in person, this year’s event went worldwide and online for the first time, as Indeed continues to work from home (WFH) during the current global pandemic. 

With the whole company now on WFH, Indeed managers suddenly found themselves not only managing from home during a crisis but also facing brand new challenges that came with it. 

Our team realised Indeedians needed learning and development tools and resources more than ever to be able to navigate their new situations, support one another, and prepare the future. Energized by a clear mission to support our Indeedians, our team quickly pivoted and began developing the first ever all-virtual, global, cross-functional Manager Fest. 

“Manager Fest @ Home” was designed with empathy. Our team listened closely to Indeed managers and created a global event that addressed their new and urgent needs with sessions that were all focused on remote management. We also hosted a separate event for the Japan offices three weeks later, which offered sessions in Japanese and English and a senior leader panel in Japanese with live English translation. 

Manager Fest @ Home was immensely successful: 731 managers participated, which makes up 45% of all Indeed global managers, representing 12 countries and every single Indeed function. 

All sessions were filled to capacity, and the overwhelming majority of feedback was appreciative of the supportive and inclusive nature of the program and full of great insights. 

“I learned that we can actually manage to work effectively from home as well, without any dip in productivity,” Leela Komma, a manager based in Hyderabad, said.

“However, to reach this stage, we need to hone some of our key skills like focus, patience, time management, planning, empathy, to name a few.”

3 ways we designed Manager Fest @ Home with empathy: 

  • Removed roadblocks: In our communications, we acknowledged that kids, pets and significant others would show up in our Zoom screens from time to time, and assured them that this was okay! Kids were also invited to participate in Manager Fest-themed coloring challenges! 
  • Erased boundaries and constraints: Manager Fest sessions were offered on a rolling schedule across all timezones, and managers were invited to sign up for whatever time they chose. We had participants attending sessions at 1am their time, because that is what worked for them!
  • Provided a variety of choices: Manager Fest offered discussion-based live sessions, senior leader panels, mentorship sessions with experienced remote leaders, as well as a library of on-demand content for managers who chose to learn at their own pace and in their own time. 

Our Biggest Challenge:  

It was surprisingly challenging to talk about a global event that wasn’t constrained by time zones. 

You can’t communicate to the audience that a global session will be held on April 28, because it might be April 28 in Tokyo, but it is still April 27 in New York! 

We had to shift to use generic terms like “Day 1” and “Day 2” and at times had to check in with participants- some might have signed up for a middle of the night session on purpose and some might have misread the timezone. You start to think about time in a whole new way!

Our Biggest Surprise: 

Our team created Zoom virtual backgrounds as a way to add some fun and lightness to this event full of challenging topics and they turned out to be very popular! We offered custom Manager Fest backgrounds and even special “All-star” backgrounds for managers to win during our mini-challenges. 

What we learned 

We learned that each person going through this global pandemic has a set of challenges that is uniquely theirs, and we learned techniques around designing with inclusivity and empathy that we will take with us and apply in the future. 

By approaching this project with curiosity and building an understanding of the diverse needs of our managers, we were able to remove roadblocks and bring people together from across the globe to talk about their shared experiences and work toward solutions together. 

“The experience I appreciated most about being involved in Manager Fest @ Home was learning how managers regardless of team or location shared similar experiences and showed great willingness to connect and learn from each other while we work from home,” Yuuki Shumizu, a Manager Fest Facilitator who led sessions in both Japanese and English, said. 

“I felt so proud working for Indeed where we have so many resilient and empathetic managers who help create the culture of belonging” 

Check out our Instagram highlights for more perspectives from Manager Fest @Home.

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Freedom, unity, reflection: Indeed celebrates Juneteenth

A celebration of freedom, an ongoing fight against oppression. On June 19th, Indeed is proud to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, a significant date for African Americans in their continued fight for freedom and equality in the U.S. This year, the significance of the holiday is amplified by the renewed fight for racial justice in America […]

A celebration of freedom, an ongoing fight against oppression.

On June 19th, Indeed is proud to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, a significant date for African Americans in their continued fight for freedom and equality in the U.S. This year, the significance of the holiday is amplified by the renewed fight for racial justice in America and around the world. 

What is Juneteenth?

The significance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is often misunderstood. Some assume it’s the date when enslaved people were freed, or the day that slavery ended. In fact, like the fight for freedom and equality today, it’s much more complex than that. 

For many enslaved people in Texas, it took two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, which legally ended slavery, for them to learn of their freedom. 

Throughout that time, oppressors in Texas ignored the law and continued illegally enslaving people until June 19th, 1865 when Union general Gordon Granger enforced federal orders in Galveston, Texas that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Since then, Juneteenth has become a symbolic date representing true African American freedom. 

It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection, rejoicing, assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future.

2019 Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas.

Standing together

As we celebrate this historic date in the midst of a global pandemic and protests that seek to dismantle the legacy of slavery that continues to linger in American law and society, it is a reminder that the residue of injustice doesn’t wash away with simple changes in legislation. The quest for equality is a constant battle and requires energy, education and unity.

In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, and religions are coming together to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.

Reflections from Indeed’s Black Inclusion Group

Gyasi Barber, Black Inclusion Group, NYC

“Celebrating Juneteenth is important for me because it signifies the point of freedom for my people, black people. Our country’s independence was in 1776, but ours wasn’t until 1865. I first learned about Juneteenth when I was studying the Holocaust in Houston.

It took me 22 years and a symposium about another atrocity to learn about one of my own. I hope more public schools implement the history of slaves in this country into their curriculum so that doesn’t happen again.” – Gyasi Barber, Global Product Solutions Lead

 

Jessica Cheeks, Black Inclusion Group, Scottsdale, AZ

“Marcus Garvey once said “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

I celebrate Juneteenth so that I never forget to be appreciative of the fight my ancestors endured. With my future in mind, I celebrate Juneteenth so that I can be proud of the woman I am and live unapologetically in my skin.

I celebrate Juneteenth so that my children will know where they came from, love themselves beyond measure and strive to make their own mark in this world. I will refuse to forget my roots… That is why I celebrate Juneteenth.” – Jessica Cheeks, Client Success Specialist

William Bryan, Black Inclusion Group Communications Lead, NYC

“Juneteenth is a time to celebrate our freedom but it also shows that the work isn’t done. We are not equal  even though we have fought to be. Juneteenth is a time to celebrate the work we accomplished so far, but the best is yet to come.” – William Bryan, Client Success Specialist

Indeed’s dedication to Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

“Inclusion and Belonging is one of Indeed’s five Core Values. We have been working for years to raise awareness, grow allyship, and create an open and supportive environment for all employees. We do this because it makes Indeed a better place to work. But the most important motivation is that our mission is to help people get jobs. Economic opportunity — access to jobs — is core to the fight against racism, injustice, and inequity. The more Indeed represents the world around us, the better we are at helping all people get jobs.” – Chris Hyams, CEO of Indeed.

Happy and hopeful Juneteenth to all!

Learn more about Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed.

Read CEO Chris Hyams’ full statement of acknowledgement and support to the Black community

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Stress and Anxiety of the Black Community during Health and Racial Pandemics

Dr. Charmain Jackman and LaFawn Davis, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed discuss racial trauma, white allyship, and encouraging the journey from passive to active engagement for those advocating for racial justice.

A Fireside Chat with Dr. Charmain Jackman and LaFawn Davis, DI&B VP

On Monday, June 8th, Indeed hosted a special fireside chat with Dr. Charmain Jackman and LaFawn Davis, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed on ‘Stress and Anxiety of the Black Community During Health and Racial Pandemics’ and the power of becoming a visible advocate. Dr. Jackman presented to a virtual audience of over 800 Indeed employees on a range of topics, including racial trauma, white allyship, and encouraging the journey from passive to active engagement for those advocating for racial justice.

Charmain F. Jackman, Ph.D., is a Harvard-trained, licensed psychologist with over 23 years in the mental health field. She currently serves as the Dean of Health & Wellness at Boston Arts Academy. Dr. Jackman is the founder + CEO of InnoPsych, Inc., an organization on a mission to change the face of therapy and to promote wellness & healing for people of color. As a change-maker, Dr. Jackman is passionate about the intersection of psychology, mental health, and diversity, and has created social impact initiatives that support community members and mental health professionals. She is a recipient of the 2020 American Psychological Association’s PLC Diversity Award.

Learn more about Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed.

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Celebrating pride and authenticity inside Indeed

This June, we kick off celebrations for Pride Month with Dan Hart and his story of starting the iPride IRG for Indeed Sydney.

This June, we kick off celebrations for Pride Month with Dan Hart, a Senior Learning Experience Facilitator. Here’s his story of being comfortable in his own skin at work, and starting the iPride IRG for Indeed Sydney.

My journey at Indeed started back in June 2017. I was looking for a career change after spending eight years as a school teacher when a friend suggested I look at Learning & Development roles as a different way of applying my educator skills. 

As I entered the indeed.jobs site (and with a bit of encouragement from family friends), I submitted my application for the Employment Development role. After a few weeks of interviews with the folks on the Employee Development team, my eyes were set on joining Indeed.

In my first few months, I learned about the amazing work our Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs) do and stumbled upon my first passion project here in Sydney – launching a chapter of iPride. 

I remember feeling it being almost unbelievable that there was a global group of like-minded folks, who not only felt confident enough to just be their true selves at work but were actively encouraged to celebrate this. 

Coming from a government work environment, your sexual orientation was not something that was discussed in the workplace. So for me, joining Indeed and finding iPride was something that made me feel truly valued at work.

Our iPride IRG makes a big impact on the experience of all our Sydney Indeedians, as well as getting out into the LGBTQIA+ community to raise brand awareness for Indeed and for the inclusive practices we deliver. We also focus on delivering education that allows all our employees to learn about other people’s lives and their personal experiences. 

In 2018, we decided to focus on building transgender awareness across our employee cohort and were fortunate to have an incredible guest speaker, JoAnna Ferrari visit the office. 

The iPride IRG team with JoAnna Ferrari

JoAnna spoke to us about her experiences coming to terms with her gender and the process of transitioning into the woman she was born to be. We were able to learn about the highs and lows of her journey to embracing her true identity. It was a fantastic opportunity for us all to learn from her experience.

This year, we are an official supporting partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Being one of the biggest events in Sydney each year, we had a stall at Fair Day and have been able to get out amongst the LGBT+ community to share the amazing things we do at Indeed.

Starting the Sydney iPride chapter has given me the opportunity to grow my skills and give something back to our Sydney office. I was able to hone my leadership skills, enhance my stakeholder management abilities and work on project management – opportunities that were a great addition to the skill development I was doing in my day to day role. 

The best part of my role as Senior Learning Experience Facilitator is getting to connect with our teams around the world and support them in feeling empowered to be their very best self in the work they do. 

It is an incredible feeling to leave the office (be it in Sydney or somewhere else around the globe) knowing I have had the chance to make an impact on someone’s life #insideindeed, so that like myself, they are getting the most out of their Indeed experience.

Indeed has been a place where I feel happy coming into the office and proud of the work that we do. I have an incredible team who is always there to support me in my work and I love the flexibility Indeed provides.

Working at Indeed means you are not just a number – your happiness, your success, your challenges and your goals are so important to the people that you work with. It is a place where you can bring your true and happy self to work and have that celebrated by our company. 

To read more about Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed, click here. To make sure you don’t miss out on any stories this Pride month, visit our culture blog or follow us on social media at @insideindeed. 

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