ServiceNow recognized as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality"
Imagine getting ready for a management meeting, adding rainbow braces to complete your outfit and walking into a boardroom with 20-plus leaders. Did I mention I was five minutes late? You could anticipate a few turning heads.
The reaction I received from management changed my life. ServiceNow’s leadership team paused a Friday morning meeting to lean in and celebrate a special moment for myself and so many people around the world. Australia had said ‘YES’ to same sex marriage in the week of November 2017.
The news reverberated around the globe and it echoed, loudly, in our conference room. Picture a chorus of cheers and applause from leaders who are allies; people I am proud to call my team.
Most of my childhood and a sizable portion of my professional life has been a journey in not belonging. The energy spent trying to disguise your true self each day, is exhausting.
But there is no better experience in belonging, when you’re applauded for being yourself. In that moment, in the conference room, I felt safe because space was created by others to make me feel not only welcome, but in a place that I felt I belong.
This moment is a reflection of ServiceNow’s culture and approach to equality. I wake up each morning and I can celebrate being myself at ServiceNow.
I use all my energy to blossom, rather than suppressing who I am.
As an LGBTQ employee, I was encouraged by ServiceNow’s action to participate in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. The Index spans every industry and measures policies and programs for employees who identify as LGBTQ.
Benchmarking corporate policies, practices, and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees raise global standards. These standards set out how all organisations should work toward driving change within business and where we do business.
For people who identify as LGBTQ, the Index also better connects employees to allies, true champions of equity.
And I’m so excited to share that ServiceNow received a score of 100 out of 100! ServiceNow is among 767 global organisations who have achieved this industry-best standard. The score reflects our policies around workforce protection, inclusive benefits, support for inclusive culture, corporate social responsibility, and responsible citizenship.
The fact that so many organizations have achieved this standard in 2021, gives me hope for the future of work. I can’t wait to see the new world of work push the envelope and raise standards for LGBTQ employees.
2020 has pushed everyone to do things differently and to strive for better. Building better standards is a team effort to ensure belonging and equity for all. When everyone can benefit, everyone will benefit.
Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are essential to who we at ServiceNow are, how we’ll grow, and how we’ll innovate. ServiceNow will continue to put people first. We are one team, we stick together. We are #ServiceNowStrong!
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