Envision RISE is a multi-faceted approach to achieving powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between your organization and those that are critical to its success – including the Columbia Association employees and the surrounding community. With the inherent challenges of bringing a culturally diverse group of people together to work as one team, it is important to continuously seek improvements to culture and inclusiveness.
The RISE platform instills a novel way of thinking that focuses on fulfilling the needs of the
individual and not simply an HR-centered initiative. Employees will execute on corporate goals and objectives with far compassion and commitment when they feel are valued for their individuality. Today, it is not only about having diversity within an organization but leveraging that diversity to provide better services and improve customer, supplier, and community relations.
In a time of heightened awareness of social justice issues, RISE demonstrates tangible and meaningful commitment to living your corporate values. The RISE Maturity Model begins by identifying gaps – in outcomes, policies, and perceptions,
and creates the framework for an ongoing, shared dialog and improvement plan.
Diversity has long been used as a catchall phrase that generally acknowledges that there is a vast number of ways that human beings are “different” from one another. Race, gender, and ethnicity are the obvious, often outward, designation
used to identify how “someone is different than me." Yet we do ourselves and our fellow humans a disservice when we limit diversity to be something visual.
Gender cannot always be perceived by the outward expression of masculinity or femininity.
Religion may be something you can see, if someone is wearing an item that is specific to a particular faith.
The color of someone’s skin cannot typically tell you much of anything about a person except that one individual may have more melanin than another.
Diversity may come in the form of a learning disability, or a mental health issue, or sexual orientation. When we look for diversity on the outside, we miss many important ways that we are different from one another. We may also miss
the ways that we are most aligned with one another.
RISE is not a quick-fix and it cannot be used as a once-a-year seminar-style reminder that “diversity is good." RISE requires commitment from all levels of the organization, beginning with senior leadership. It requires active and
consistent involvement, with mindful intention to grow a workplace culture that is open and welcoming to unique backgrounds, personalities and thinking styles across the enterprise.
IpX RISE strategies are able to be adopted locally and include:
| Effective Training and Development Platforms
|| Value Added Mentorship Programs
| Recognition and Rewards Systems
|| Fair and Equal Compensation Structures
| Work-life Harmonization Techniques
|| Communication and Feedback Analytics
| Onboarding and Retention Processes
|| Multicultural Talent Management
When organizations are too homogenous, innovation suffers and the opportunity is missed to bring creativity to problem-solving. Different points of view come from unique backgrounds and experiences. When diversity becomes a part
of the strategic plan, companies are making a decision to value new and different points of view. Companies then open themselves up to attract high-caliber talent from a greater pool of candidates.
With RISE companies realize the importance of a workforce powered with the voices of people from different backgrounds, personalities and thinking styles across the enterprise. RISE creates an environment where all people are encouraged
to draw upon their unique experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to ensure sustainable long-term success of the organization.
Respect Through Inclusion, Service, & Equity®
For additional detail and/or a quote contact Envision RISE Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, Staci Hegarty, staci@envisionRISE.com