There are plenty of important days to help you celebrate culture & diversity in your organisation. Some of these are Mardi Gras on March 6, International Women's Day on March 8, St Patrick's Day on March 17 and Harmony Day on March 21.
So make March a Culture & Diversity month in your business. Rally different team members to help bring their own culture or diversity to life. This will only increase inclusivity, which will make your team feel valued and motivated. Plus, with diversity, you always get different perspectives and learn something new!
As usual, do as much or as little as you want. Pick and choose activities that would resonate with your team.
Week 1: 1 - 7 March
Kick off your Culture & Diversity Month
Admin to-do list:
- Organise a Recognition Power Hour on Monday 1 Mar as it's World Compliment Day. If there's budget, allocate a reward for individuals who are doing the most recognitions and individuals who were recognised the most. Here's how to add a reward. Feel free to use email copy below.
It's World Compliment Day today! What better day to give your team mates a shout-out for all the good stuff they've done?
To celebrate, we're going to do a Recognition Power Hour between 4 - 5pm today. Stop everything you're doing at that time and spend a few minutes recognising your team on Perkbox. Go to <companydomain>.perkbox.com/recognition
We'll be rewarding individuals who've put in the most effort in recognising their team members and individuals who were recognised the most. This means your recognition has to follow these rules to count:
- Personalised - not just by name by also what has this person done exactly that's worth recognising?
- Timely - it can't be work that was done 1 year ago, what has this person done recently that's been amazing?
- Specific - Be specific & be clear about what they've done. The more specific it is, the more recognition power it'll give
- Revise your policies around diversity & inclusion. This also means different things to different people so run a survey to understand what your employees think about the current state of play and see what events are important to your team that are worth celebrating. A few survey question examples.
- What country were you born in? (country category)
- Do you speak other languages other than English? (name a few)
- What cultural events are important to you? (name a few)
- How long have you worked at <company>? (<1 year, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-4 years, 5+ years)
On a score from 1 - 5, how much do you agree with the following statements (1 = Strongly disagree 5 = Strongly agree)
- At <company>, people are treated respectfully, regardless of their differences
- <company> work to attract, develop and retain people with diverse backgrounds
- I feel like I belong at <company>
- I can voice a contrary opinion without fear of negative consequences
- Perspectives like mine are included in decision making
- <company> believes that people can greatly improve their talents and abilities
- Administrative tasks that don’t have a specific owner are fairly divided
- People of different backgrounds interact well within <company>
- I see strong leadership support of the <company>’s value of diversity and inclusion
- I am comfortable talking about my background and cultural experiences with my colleagues
- It's Mardi Gras on March 7 - see if you can find any inspirations from our special Mardi Gras culture calendar to celebrate your LGBTQ+ employees. Even better if you can rally their help to organise these activities.
Week 2: 8 - 14 March
Celebrate the women in your organisation for International Women's Day
Admin to-do list:
- Set up a celebration tag for 'IWD' so people can use them when recognising the awesome women in your team - here's how to create one
- Shout out at least one outstanding woman from your workforce each day this week for IWD
- Run a Blinkist Book Club for IWD. We recommend 'Reset' by Ellen Pao. See our February campaign for tips on how to run a Blinkist Book Club.
- Choose a few outstanding women (even better if they're in a senior or management level) and host a 'get to know you' session and invite the whole organisation. These sessions are often inspiring for many people in the organisation as they learn these women's journey, challenges and their thoughts on diversity & equality. Here are some questions you can ask your female leaders:
- Tell us a little bit about your professional journey...
- What is your “why”? How do you balance work and life responsibilities to fulfil it?
- Can you explain an initiative you've implemented that has made an impact in your workplace?
- As a female leader, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?
- What advice would you give to your younger self and for the next generation of female leaders?
- Host a Ladies Lunch for IWD outside the office
- Easter comes early this year and people often book holidays over the Easter period. Here are some perks you can promote to the team
Easter is just around the corner and if you're planning to go on a holiday or doing a staycation, make sure you check out Perkbox to score some travel & entertainment discounts.
- Booking.com - get 10% off eligible accommodation
- Expedia - get 11% on pre-stay, standalone hotel bookings
- Holey Moley - $10 for a mini-golf course
- Strike - bowling & laser tag for $10
- Sky Zone - indoor trampolining for $10
- Hoyts & Event Cinemas - save up to 30% or Palace Cinemas for $12.50
- Endota Spa - save 7%
- Blys - Australia's best massages delivered to your home, hotel or work - save $10
Go to <companydomain>.perkbox.com/perks
Week 3: 15 - 21 March
More cultural events - yay!
Admin to-do list:
- Organise a pot-luck lunch and ask everyone to bring in a cultural dish. To make things fun, you can also have trivia around cultures. If you did do the survey in Week 1, it's a great time to share the results during this lunch! Here's an email template you can use...
To celebrate Harmony Day on March 21, we'll be hosting a pot-luck lunch and some trivia fun on <X> at 12.30pm.
Please let me know what cultural dish you're planning to bring and a blurb on why the dish is important to you or to your culture.
See you there!
10 FUN trivia questions to celebrate culture & diversity:
- Q: Which CONTINENT is the most linguistically diverse in the world?
- A: Africa! The continent is home to anywhere from 800 to 1,500 of the world’s languages.
- Q: What’s the most linguistically diverse COUNTRY in the world? (Hint: It’s actually not in Africa.)
- A: More than 820 languages (or 12 percent of the world’s total) are spoken in Papua New Guinea giving it the title of most linguistically diverse country in the world. And, although English is its official language, only one to two percent of the population actually speak it.
- Q: What is the currency called in Spain?
- A: EURO
- Q: Which country is known as “the land of no rivers”?
- A: Saudi Arabia. Most of their fresh water comes from desalinization plants or underground reservoirs.
- Q: Which country has been labeled the most diverse?
- A: In almost every category—culturally, economically, climatically, racially, linguistically, ethnically, and religiously, India is either the most diverse country in the world or the runner-up.
- Q: Which country is the largest producer of oxygen?
- A: Siberia is home to approximately 25 percent of the world’s forests that span an area larger than the continental U.S., making Russia the largest producer of most of the world’s oxygen.
- Q: Where was the world’s oldest fossil found?
- A: A 3.4 billion-year-old fossil was found in Australia.
- Q: What is the most popular language in the world?
- A: With almost 1.2 billion native speakers, the most popular language in the world is Chinese. In fact, one in six people in the world speak Chinese! 怎麼整潔
- Q: How much pizza do Americans eat each day?
- A: About 100 acres! That equals about 3 billion pizzas sold annually in the U.S.A. Buon Appetito!
- Q: And, as much as we can celebrate our differences, we can also celebrate our commonality. We’re all born with 300 bones, but how many do we have as an adult?
- A: 206. Weird, huh?
Week 4 - 5: 22 - 31 March
Q1 wrap up!
Where did the time go? End of March marks the end of the first quarter for the year. Wrap up the quarter with the following activities...
Admin to-do list:
- Host an All-Hands meeting to wrap up the quarter. It's a great time to keep your team posted on business results, update and outlook for the next quarter.
- Run a Q1 poll based on one or all of your company values. Here's how to run a poll. If you want more poll inspiration, check out out 52 poll ideas. Read out the recognitions and announce the winner in the All-Hands meeting.
- Easter is around the corner so organise some hot cross buns for morning or afternoon tea or you can wrap this all up in the All-Hands meeting. These type of gatherings are great to encourage better communication and collaboration between teams & departments. If your team is still working remotely, host a virtual morning team and give them a $10 Coles / Woolworth for them to get their own hot cross buns to enjoy. Here's how to give a reward.
- If you didn't get around to sharing the Culture & Diversity survey results, take this opportunity to do so.