If you are a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, you get it. Providing a diverse and inclusive workplace continues to grow in importance for every type of employer.
It is not a surprise that Buffalo Niagara employers have identified workforce issues as pain points. For the last two years, according to the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Member Pulse survey results, workforce issues have remained among the top three pain points.
It was the last meeting of the year for the Partnership’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, but this was no wrap-up session. Instead, the focus was on what’s next for the Council in 2019.
Each year, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is given to an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence in their career and devotion to improving the community through serving as role models for other young women.
Did you know that employees that feel included and think their organization is committed to and supportive of diversity report an uplift in innovation, responsiveness to customers and team collaboration? According to a study recently published by the Harvard Business Review, inclusive teams outperform their peers in team-based assessments by 80 percent.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Diversity & Inclusion Council is rolling out its work plan and implementing steps toward its initial goals and objectives. These include:
A consultant hired by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released his recommendations for ‘inclusionary zoning’ in Buffalo and says the city should consider a voluntary and subsidized package to offer developers.
It is an issue that is fast becoming a priority for businesses today. Creating and fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do for every type of company.
Achieving diversity in the workplace is a great challenge.
The collective momentum that is being felt throughout Buffalo Niagara is undeniable. The region is seeing new companies move into the area, village and urban centers revitalizing and historic buildings come back to life as places where people live, work and play.