Cultural Inclusivity in the Global Workplace
Hot Topic – Hispanic Heritage Month
The global workplace is increasingly becoming a mosaic of cultures, ideologies, and histories converging to foster inclusivity, diversity and mutual understanding.
But how often do we pause and show our appreciation for the cultural identity behind our employees and organisations?
As we enter into Hispanic Heritage Month – observed in the United States from 15 September to 15 October – we are presented with an invaluable opportunity to recognise and celebrate the rich and diverse tapestry of Hispanic/ Latinx cultures and their significant role in shaping the socio-economic fabric of many nations.
With influences from Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe , this myriad of cultures and traditions, has undoubtedly influenced and enriched the global workplace.
So, how is Hispanic Heritage Month recognised in the workplace?
The yearly observance was first introduced in the United States in 1968 as a celebration of the contributions of Hispanic Americans to American society and the heritage that influences them.
In light of this, during the month, organisations may promote and raise awareness of Hispanic/ Latinx cultures and traditions through workshops, social events and recognition exercises. Additionally, they may provide volunteer or donation opportunities to charities or local communities.
Importantly, Hispanic Heritage month coincides with the independence days of some Central and South American countries as they engage in their unique celebrations of their cultural identity.
The dates are observed as public holidays in the respective countries:
And not forgetting….
12 October: The 'festivo' of Cultural Celebration
The date is recognised by many countries as a public holiday, honouring the cultural heritage of Hispanic nations.
Since its name varies from country to country – ‘Día de la raza’ (Day of the Race), ‘Day of the Pluricultural Nation’ (Mexico) – it is important to educate yourself on these nuances around the world.
Interestingly, in Peru, the date has been renamed ‘Día de los pueblos originarios y el diálogo intercultural’ (“Indigenous Peoples and Intercultural Dialogue Day“) – highlighting the importance of cultural diversity and the responsibility for people to take action.
In the USA, the second Monday of October is a federal holiday. The date may be recognised as ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’, ‘Columbus Day‘, or ‘Discovery Day‘, dependent on the state.
Equally, in Spain, the date marks ‘Día de la Hispanidad’ and is also a national holiday.
What can global employers learn from this?
Both within and outside of the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month presents an opportunity for education and reflection.
Undeniably, the purpose of an awareness month serves as a platform to educate ourselves, both personally and professionally. It also reminds us of the practices we should be striving to uphold on a daily basis within our organisations, embodying diversity, equality and inclusion.
Here are some of our key tips:
At Agility EOR, we feel privileged and fortunate to benefit from a wealth of cultures across our employee, client and partner networks.
We recognise that as an EOR, not only do we have a responsibility to ensure we foster a multicultural, inclusive workforce and culturally sensitive environment for our employees, but also to support and educate our clients as they embark on hiring internationally.
As we grow as a business, we commit to developing our practices to harness cultural diversity and inclusivity.