When I joined Workday as chief diversity officer, I saw a great opportunity to enhance an already amazing culture. In the 18 months I’ve been here, my goal hasn’t wavered—it’s to help every single person in our global company show up each day knowing what it means to be inclusive, so they can bring their best selves to work.
That includes rallying everyone around what we call VIBE—value inclusion, belonging, and equity for all—so that Workday is a place where each person feels accepted and respected for their uniqueness.
I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about how we could bring even more action to this idea. I became excited about the possibility of creating an experience where our Workmates could take time out of their busy schedules to better explore how VIBE impacts their lives and career aspirations, their relationships with team members, and the overall well-being and success of our company.
That’s why from June 3-7, we’ll be hosting VIBE Week. During these five days, all of us will learn more about how to “VIBE” in our day-to-day interactions. There is something for everyone, with more than 125 events scheduled across 25 global Workday locations.
Workmates have registered to attend local hands-on workshops and discussions with Workday leaders, industry experts, and each other. In addition to site-specific events, those who don’t work at our headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif., can watch a number of panel discussions and workshops via live stream. And with fun being one of our core values at Workday, we’ll be sure to have plenty of fun throughout the week, including games, diversity-themed feature films, social gatherings with food and music, and local fairs showcasing the diversity of teams and groups at Workday.
VIBE Week is for Workday employees, but with so much great content, we’d love to share some of what we learn with others. In the coming days, we’ll cover highlights from VIBE Week on Workday’s social channels on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and post a recap at the Workday Blog.
Here’s just a sample of what we have planned:
VIBE Week is a first for us at Workday, and without question, an ambitious undertaking. Yet we’re very excited about having a full five days dedicated to learning from each other, and then taking those learnings to create new activities and resources for building a lasting workplace that supports belonging and inclusion.
We also want to emphasize the impact this important work has on our products and the capabilities we deliver to our customers, such as the Workday Diversity Dashboard. In the coming year we plan to dive even deeper into understanding where we can do more around hiring and retention at Workday using the dashboard and other tools, and will keep enhancing capabilities in the area of diversity and inclusion for use both within our company and by our customers.
Because together, we VIBE!
Learn more about our guest speaker for the Workday VIBE Week executive panel: “How Diversity Drives Innovation: Q&A with Frans Johansson.”