Global Multicultural Talks Occur Between U.S. and Australian Offices

Earlier this year, the Charlotte, NC office formed a local chapter of Protiviti’s Multicultural Employee Network Group, whose purpose is to promote an inclusive work environment for all.  One of the main objectives of the group is to create a more collaborative work environment by focusing on understanding diverse perspectives and listening to our people. With that very thought in mind, Ashley, an Experienced Consultant in the office, coordinated efforts with her peer, Annalise, in the Canberra, Australia office. Together, the two who met at Protiviti’s training program, scheduled an international video conference!

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The Charlotte & Canberra offices during their video conference!

You might be thinking, “what about that whole time difference thing?” — and that would be a valid thought. With 16 hours difference between the two cities, coordination wasn’t exactly easy, but the teams made it work! While the Charlotte group enjoyed their dinner on the call, employees in Canberra were snacking on their breakfast. Total, there were about 20 employees present to discuss everything from employee network groups to work culture.

In sitting down with Ashley, I was able to get some more perspective on the takeaways from the call. One thing that Ashley found to be interesting was the difference in some of the employee networking groups. The Canberra office had emphasized their wellness program, which focuses on health, fitness and well-being, and their women’s network presence was still growing. Charlotte has not formally started a wellness group (…yet!), although it sounds like this is something that may be in the works as an outcome of this call. Other discussion topics included perspectives on networking and how it is viewed culturally, as well as time spent just getting to know one another.

When asked what her biggest takeaway from the call was, Ashley stated, “even though we are worlds apart, across Protiviti, we are very similar in terms of the unity and cultural vibe”. In the future, it sounds like more international video conference calls may be on the horizon! We are thrilled that technology has allowed our employees to communicate so personally despite living in different countries.

– Cait

Robert Half Earns LGBTQ Best Place to Work…AGAIN!

Our parent company, Robert Half, was named for the second year in a row to Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” with a perfect score of 100%. This score was earned on the national benchmarking survey and report on corporate polices and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. As part of the Robert Half enterprise, Protiviti collaborated with the Robert Half team to achieve this accolade, and we are proud to be among a record 600+ major businesses that also earned the CEI’s top score.

You can read the full announcement from the Human Rights Campaign here.

At Protiviti, as part of our ongoing commitment to our people, we have a number of Employee Network Groups that support our Diversity & Inclusion initiative. The proPRIDE is a national group with ~150 members that began in 2013, whose mission statement includes the below:

  • Increase visibility and awareness of LGBTQ employees at Protiviti
  • Foster a better understanding among Protiviti employees of the unique issues the LGBTQ community faces in the workplace
  • Provide equal employment and advancement opportunity to all, regardless of sexual orientation
  • Enhance recruitment efforts of LGBTQ talent
  • Promote and sustain an inclusive environment wherein every employee is treated with respect and dignity, free from discrimination and prejudice

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ProPride Co-Executive Champions, Philip & Steven, had a chance to comment on the award received.

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Philip – “At Protiviti we continue to strive to create a diverse and inclusive company culture. We celebrate our differences and aim to depict the full breadth of the human experience, inside the walls of our offices, with our clients, and in our local communities. Embracing the diverse perspectives of our people and clients is what defines our culture and approach to solving business challenges. I’m elated that for the second year in a row Protiviti’s commitment to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community is recognized and honored.”

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Steven – “I’m proud to say that among Protiviti’s core values is diversity and inclusivity. Our people make a difference every day in the lives of their colleagues, clients and communities. We expect our people to bring their experiences and backgrounds into the conversation to solve problems, innovate and bring insights into the market and for our clients, all while becoming better professionals themselves. And we recognize that being authentic ourselves, respectful of the diversity of thought and opinion, and truly collaborative is the way we will be successful and impactful.”

Diversity and Inclusion Leader and Executive Vice President, Susan, also chimed in on this honor.

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Susan – “This is a remarkable achievement for Protiviti’s global diversity and inclusion initiative. I am thrilled to see the proPride Employee Network Group working in such great collaboration with our parent company. This success reinforces our collective goal of making our organization a great place to work for all.”

We are extremely proud of this honor and to have received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and look forward to continuing to build a work environment that is a comfortable workplace for all.

– Cait

A Look Inside Protiviti From A Member Of Our Women’s Network

As part of our ongoing commitment to our people, Protiviti’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative is focused on attracting, developing and retaining the most talented and qualified professionals regardless of race, disability, national origin, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation. Protiviti has many Employee Network Groups, on both a local and a global scale, that support individuals across our workforce. One of these networks is the Initiative for the Growth and Retention of Women at Work (iGROWW).

iGROWW is an internal network providing a workplace community, particularly focused on our female employees.  The network is a forum to enhance employee success and the working environment through discussions focused on everything from recruiting, advising and mentorship, career growth and retention.

We recently took a moment to catch up with Sophy, an Experienced Consultant in Houston who is also a member of iGROWW.

What do you enjoy the most about being on the iGROWW Committee?

“One of the parts that I have enjoyed the most while being on the iGROWW committee is the fact that I am able to showcase my leadership skills through various tasks such as organizing a trip to the Mission of Yahweh. Another part of iGROWW that I thoroughly enjoy are the TED talks sessions that iGROWW Houston has hosted. There is always so much to learn from each session and I walk away with a new mindset each time, figuring out how I can grow more in my professional career.”

Have you faced any tough situations in your career? How did you face them?

“Throughout the course of my career I have had challenges that I have had to overcome, however, I do not necessarily look at challenges in a negative manner.  My mindset is that without these challenges, there is no room for personal growth! With that said, one of the challenges that I have come across while working is to be able to adapt to different projects in a short amount of time, which also includes adjusting to each project manager’s unique management styles and priorities. However, prioritizing being a good listener, ensuring you understand the task at hand, asking questions when necessary, and responding to inquiries or requests in a timely fashion usually helps tackle those obstacles!”

How do you maintain a work/life balance that works for you?

“Work/life balance is something that is very important to me and actually is one of the great things that I love and appreciate about Protiviti! Before starting my day, I tend to write down a list of items in order of priority and set a realistic daily goal of what I would like to accomplish before the workday is over. That helps me to maintain strong time management. Once I return home, I like to spend time with my family and friends and work out from time to time. Being able to maintain a good lifestyle at home allows me to bring positive energy into the work place each day.”

What career advice do you have for new consultants?

“I would advise new consultants to give yourself permission to just ‘try’. It is something that I have learned in my own professional experience. Before asking your senior or upper level management to weigh in, attempt to resolve the solution yourself.  Another piece of advice I would offer is to network as much as possible and to not be afraid to express any innovative ideas you may come up with!”

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Sophy & some of her Houston co-workers at the zoo!

We are very thankful to have Sophy as part of our Protiviti family and as a committed member of our iGROWW program and we appreciated catching up with her as she grows her career.

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-Cait

A Focus On Diversity and Inclusion

One of our key strategic cornerstones is to ensure that Protiviti is a place with the best people and culture. An important part of making that cornerstone a reality is a focus on Diversity and Inclusion. This focus is evident throughout our entire firm in both our formal processes and the natural ways in which we operate. In the spirit of this, many offices across the US put together different D&I events for our interns. Take a look at these photos to see how our teams celebrated and learned more about one another over the course of the summer.

In Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando and Houston, our offices got together for a potluck meal. Team members brought a dish that represented their background to share with the group.

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Our St. Louis office visited the Missouri History Museum to learn about the Civil Rights Movement.

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New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Sydney hosted panel discussions with lively conversation.

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In San Francisco and Seattle, a cooking class helped showcase different types of food from around the globe.

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Tampa and Boston hosted lunch and learns while our Dallas office got together for a special dinner.

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In Phoenix and Houston, our ladies got together for iGROWW events. They invited a guest speaker to come in and discuss the power of first impressions along with a fashion show.

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Washington DC and Charlotte had creative iGROWW events that involved a little artistic creativity.

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ProPRIDE Spotlight: Peter Richardson

Last week our Executive Lead of proPRIDE shared his perspective on Pride Month and the importance of an inclusive workforce. As he mentioned, we will be spotlighting various members of the proPRIDE group throughout the summer and their unique perspectives. Kicking us off is UK Managing Director, Peter Richardson!

  • What is your background and path to Protiviti? I am a Manchester lad from a working class family.  My grandfather was a lathe operator and my dad was a bookkeeper in a small local business.  I studied Modern Languages at University and my first job was in ‘Overseas Marketing’ for a reinsurance company. After 5 years there and at the tender age of 27, I moved into consulting. I ran teams that operated in insurance in the Financial Services sector at PwC, EDS, and Atos.  I came to Protiviti with a small team from Atos because we were all certain that our industry expertise combined with regulatory and risk management capability is essential in Financial Service.  We were all also attracted by Protiviti’s inclusive, collaborative and diverse culture. Being change management professionals, we all understood what important components of the dynamics for a successful team they are.
  • What inspired you to support diversity and LGBTQIA+ initiatives? Common sense!  As the United Kingdom country market leader, I always ask our people to take along a colleague that is different from you to a meeting. What I mean is, bring someone who has a different technical background, another role or level in the company, a different angle on the question or way of engaging; someone who will hear and see things differently and get another perspective on the situation; someone with whom the client may develop a different type of rapport.  That is the power of diversity and we have a huge opportunity to play to those strengths in Protiviti. It just makes sense!  And by the way, from a personal perspective, I feel exactly the same way!  Being a linguist, and traveler, I have always been in touch with multiple cultures, languages and styles and I feel that I have benefited hugely from this.
  • What advice would you give to individuals at Protiviti who may not feel that same confidence in their professional lives? I would say first, our culture at Protiviti is truly inclusive, collaborative and diverse.  “Door Open” means exactly that, so do feel free to walk through and chat.  I would give the same advice that my baby sister gives me whenever I go to her with a problem (which by the way I still do!):  Baby steps! Look around you and see the environment around you, choose the direction you want to go and take the first small step, and eventually the second one will follow.
  • What is your favorite fast food restaurant? The one I frequent most is probably Pure, and when we were in Trafalgar Square, it was Crussh (do they count?) – Common factor connecting the two is proximity to the office!

 

Pictured above is Peter with his first granddaughter, Anna.

 

Celebrating Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, which is the month of June, Protiviti offices will host events to show our support for the LGBTQ community. Kicking us off, is our Salt Lake City office!

This past Friday, our Salt Lake City office kicked off Pride Month by hosting a Pride Party! The party was very timely as May 31st to June 4th is Utah Pride weekend, which includes a festival and parade in the streets of downtown Salt Lake. The local Protiviti Diversity and Inclusion committee planned this event to recognize the exciting statewide occasion and bring LGBTQ awareness to our office community.

At the Pride Party, a history board was created and displayed to show the office how far the LGBTQ civil rights fight has come and what work is still left to accomplish.

Did you know, each color on the rainbow flag has a specific meaning? Red: life, orange: healing, yellow: sunlight, green: nature, blue: peace/harmony, and purple: spirit.

The Salt Lake Pride Party is the first of many events planned at Protiviti this month and throughout the rest of 2017. Over the course of the next few months, we will be highlighting some of these different events and introducing you to some of our #PROpride teammates. These spotlights align with our strategic cornerstone of having a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Last month, Dallas Senior Consultant Jonathan Tellez had the opportunity to represent Protiviti at the inaugural Corporate Equality Index Awards. This awards ceremony was meant to honor the firms that received a perfect score of 100% on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Efforts put forth by Protiviti in 2016 contributed to our parent company, Robert Half International, receiving a perfect score.

Pictured above Jonathan Tellez, Protiviti Senior Consultant; Ranelle Dunnam, RHI Diversity & Inclusion Senior Manager; and Trey Easter, Protiviti Senior Consultant at the 2017 CEI Awards Ceremony

Jonathan has this to say about the event, “I am honored and humbled to be part of a company that not only strives for equality, but represents part of the companies leading the nationwide movement for LGBTQ equality.” He continued, “Receiving a 100% on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign is evidence of Protiviti and Robert Half leadership’s hard work and dedication to LGBTQ equality”.

The various events planned this year continuously supports our goal of getting another perfect CEI score. We hope you enjoy the updates to follow and learn from our future Pride blogs to come and remember, love has no labels!

— Alex McBride
Campus Recruiting Coordinator