A message to LGBT employees that they can “bring their whole selves to work” bolsters recruitment of the best talent.
By Eve Tahmincioglu
Wyndham Worldwide’s (No. 27 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) Chief Diversity Officer Patti Lee is proud of the company’s longtime commitment to the LGBT movement and sees such support as one of the best ways to attract top talent.
“We create an environment where everyone feels they can bring their whole selves to work,” she explained about Wyndham.
They do this, she continued, by putting a simple message out there:
“Our doors are open. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or what your family make up is. We want you to come to our organization. We want you to be everything that you are. We want you to give 115 percent.”
How do you get that message out there? By providing more than just lip service. Wyndham, Lee said, has been supporting the LGBT movement from the beginning, including by signing the amicus brief last year urging the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on gay marriage.
Wyndham Worldwide, she added, has continued to receive a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index, is very active locally in LGBT issues and supports its LGBT employees through its WYNPride associates business group focused on professional development.
“Organizations need to continue to evolve,” she said about embracing diversity and inclusion for all individuals, adding that companies must “open up the doors for all associates.”
And most importantly, she added, “the leaders we put into place really must support that and be committed to every single employee.”
Here’s a video of Lee talking about Wyndham’s support of the LGBT community.