Diversity and Inclusivity

Introduction

Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences amongst people in an organization. Inclusivity is a recognition of our differences. Everyone is essential, should be respected, and included, and engaged with. We welcome people with differences, nationality, geography, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, family status, religious beliefs, perspectives, experiences, or other ideologies.

Axelerant’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Our current D&I committee is lead by @Akanksha Singh (Unlicensed) from Drupal Services, @Yashashree Bedekar (Unlicensed) from People Operations, @Pranjali Dobhal from Marketing and Performance Coach from the L&D team.

Apart from the core committee members mentioned above, any Axelerant team members are welcome to volunteer for DEI initiatives and programs. The D&I committee’s main motive for coming together is to bring more awareness around Diversity & Inclusion, through awareness programs/webinars and ensure our polices and practices are inclusive. When you share a similar passion for contributing towards D&I at Axelerant, feel free to reach out to any of them to join.

Perspective

Axelerant is a collective representation of people with individual differences in thoughts, personalities, unique capabilities, and talents that they bring to work. And that is why we believe each individual is worthy.

  • We continuously foster a globally aware team.

  • Axelerant welcomes everyone who adds to our culture and role expectations.

  • Axelerant respects appreciates, understands, and supports every aspect of diversity.

  • Axelerant has no tolerance for discriminatory behavior towards anyone except for just cause.

We want everyone to feel confident, comfortable, and safe in communicating their concerns.

How can I be more inclusive?

As aptly put by Fairforce in their 7 Ways to be More Inclusive in your Everyday Life article, inclusion is a set of measures, large and small, that can be easily integrated into the professional realm and everyday life. Here are seven simple strategies to become more aware of inclusivity in your daily life. Thank you for being open to them.

  • Accept that we all have Unconscious Biases.

  • Mindful communication: listen more, talk carefully

  • Challenge the stereotypes

  • Avoid assumptions

  • Ask yourself and others (the right) questions.

  • Be aware of your privileges.

  • Be proactive in educating yourself on the topic.

  • Stay open, stay curious, and do not fear mistakes.

Inclusive language brings everyone into the group and excludes no one with respect, dignity, and impartiality.

Get started with Buffer’s An Incomplete Guide to Inclusive Language for Startups and Tech; it’s not always necessary to fret over every word.

Speaking Up

When people believe they have been the target or witness of conscious/unconscious bias or discrimination of any kind, we encourage you to address that behavior.

Let the sourcing person know that their behavior is unwelcome or offensive. Share with them https://axelerant.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/AH/pages/1959329878/Diversity+and+Inclusivity to help them become more conscious of Axelerant’s diversity and inclusion practices. Speaking up and educating your team member creates an opportunity for all parties to learn from and promote understanding. 

While speaking up may not remove all consequences, it does significantly reduce the chance of escalation and has the potential to return team members to a comfortable and inclusive environment.

When escalation is required, refer to our https://axelerant.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/OA/pages/1446019276.

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