Take a look around you. The world is a diverse place. Right here at home, women represent half of the US population. Ethnically too we’re a mixed grill. Likewise, demographically, socially, culturally and geo-politically the workforce is amazingly varied…but you’d never know it by looking at many US companies.

At GEXManagement I’ve been hands-on in the creation of a workforce environment that echoes the world at large and challenges long-held business paradigms. For instance, we’re purposeful about respecting diversity & individuality, promoting genuine connection versus forced alignment, encouraging cross-pollination versus silos, and maintaining permeable senior-level boundaries. Those who work for me function within an unstructured structure. Operationally, we’re fluid versus fixed, and we live and die by our core values. I’ve also been deliberate about the establishment of a flattened organizational structure in which ANYONE in the organization can make a meaningful contribution. Emphasis is placed on results and a degree of off-site flexibility is provided because we fully understand that life happens. My employees work where it makes the most sense.

We’re not perfect, but we’re making continual progress.

What does it look like in your office? Does your workforce mirror the world around you? When others view your internal culture, do they describe your company as socially conscious?

It all begins with a sincere social audit. Have a frank conversation with your board and senior leaders. Talk to your employees. Set some meaningful benchmarks. Make a commitment to innovation, diversification, and inclusion, and then take active steps that direction.

“We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we respect, trust, and care for each other.” Vala Afshar

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