My name is Maya Rittmanic and I’m an Account Executive at The Predictive Index®.
Before PI, I spent four years in a typical sales environment at a very large company. All teams were male-dominated, and I was the only gay person I knew of. There were no initiatives around giving women opportunities to lead and no conversations around diversity and inclusion.
Fast forward to 2018 when I joined PI. I brought up being gay my first day in the office because it’s a massively important piece of my identity and an imperative part of being honest and vulnerable with my colleagues. Not only has my queer identity been accepted with open arms, but my team and leadership have been very cognizant of pronoun use−especially as I’ve begun to explore what it means to be genderfluid.
It’s understood company-wide that diversity is important and being sensitive to the views and experiences of others is non-negotiable. The feeling of support and safety I get from working here is invaluable. Many in today’s working world—myself included—view an inclusive work environment as the most important thing a company can offer. In fact, in a blog post from Glassdoor, 67% of job seekers state that a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers.
We believe that people are the most important asset for any business and that a more diverse, inclusive, and engaged environment will not only motivate employees to go the extra mile but also improve retention and profitability.
If you haven’t taken a proactive stance on inviting diversity into your workforce now, you’re already behind the curve. This needs to be a top-down initiative that leadership takes seriously, or you’re leaving money, and great talent, behind. It’s not just me. Consulting firms have actual evidence to support this claim. McKinsey states that in the United States, there is a linear relationship between racial and ethnic diversity and better financial performance. For every 10% increase in racial and ethnic diversity on the senior-executive team, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rise 0.8%.
You may be thinking, Why should I care? I can always replace my employees. That’s fair. But I would urge you to reconsider. In today’s tight job market, employees have the upper hand. If they’re not being treated fairly, your workforce can easily find another job.
Our vision at The Predictive Index is “Better Work, Better World” and we are the world’s first talent optimization company. We believe that people are the most important asset for any business and that a more diverse, inclusive, and engaged environment will not only motivate employees to go the extra mile but also improve retention and profitability.
We can’t promote “Better Work, Better World” externally before we embody it internally—and here at PI, we’re walking the walk.
Learn more about how we’ve empowered over 8,000 organizations to optimize their most important asset: people.