We are committed to an inclusive work environment
At MPC, we believe it’s critical to our success that we maintain a work environment where all employees are respected and valued for the full range of strengths and talents they bring to the workplace. After all, it doesn’t make sense to hire the best employees if they’re not able to perform to the best of their abilities with us. That’s why our Diversity & Inclusion office – and our employees – are always looking for ways to overcome barriers or challenges that might prevent full participation in the important work we do.
But it’s more than just a business imperative. It is, in fact, one of our five core values – part of our commitment to do right. As such, diversity and inclusion is not all business; there are often personal dimensions. “It’s not uncommon for people to tell me they’ve had personal moments of discovery during one of our workshops or presentations,” says MPC Senior Diversity Consultant George Stoll. “There are things they never realized about other people, and things they never realized about themselves, that can come out during these sessions.”
The issues Stoll discusses with employees can touch upon culture, heritage, politics, gender, religion and more. “Sometimes the information I provide – and that our fellow employees provide – can be fascinating and informative,” says Stoll, “and it can also shake the foundational beliefs that some people have about themselves and about others.”
For example, says Stoll, if an employee feels that certain terminology or ways of interacting in a workplace are upsetting, another employee might suddenly realize that she or he has been unwittingly contributing to someone’s discomfort. “Awareness is a big part of what we do, and we also give people concrete actions they can take to make sure they’re fostering as inclusive an environment as possible,” says Stoll.
The Diversity & Inclusion office uses the “Inclusion Continuum” to illustrate the progression MPC is striving to achieve. The Inclusion Continuum includes intolerance at its lowest level, and moves up through tolerance, awareness, understanding and finally valuing.
“Our objective is to move the entire company – every organization, every person – up the continuum,” said Stoll. “I am proud of what MPC has done so far, but we have more work to do. We will always be striving for a higher level.”