Providing a safe place for your employees to learn and grow goes a long way toward boosting employee happiness and overall business health. How do we do this at SurveyMonkey? In a number of ways. We’re here to share a few standout programs that work well and that we’re proud to call our own. Who knows—they just might inspire greatness on your end as well.
Fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment not only encourages a sense of belonging, but might even be your recipe for success. To ensure we live up to this goal at SurveyMonkey, we established Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These are voluntary, employee-led, and based on shared affinity i.e. identities or life experiences, like gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Founded to support Black and Latinx employees at SurveyMonkey, Blatinos aims to push for the professional development of its members, partner with other organizations, and bring awareness to the challenges faced by the Black and Latinx communities today.
Mosaic strives to strengthen the experiences and advancement of Asians in the workplace through increasing awareness of its diverse and multicultural community, fostering connections, and promoting professional development.
- The Queerious
This group aims to create an accepting and inclusive environment that serves the needs and interests of all SurveyMonkey employees and the surrounding communities regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.
WIN’s goal is to strengthen women in the workplace through educational programs, partnerships, and events that provide information, connections, resources, and opportunities.
- Womxn in Engineering
This group works to further the careers of self-identified female engineers and allows them to feel supported in their current roles.
Similar to ERGs, DIGs are voluntary, employee-led, and dedicated to driving action for topics like environmental sustainability, homelessness, and mentorship for students, to name a few. We currently have six DIGs based out of Amsterdam, Dublin, Ottawa, Portland, NYC, and San Mateo. Beyond the traditional definition of diversity, the word has a bit more color for us at SurveyMonkey.
Our DIG leaders coordinated with former military intelligence analyst and rising politician Pam Campos to speak with the SurveyMonkey team. She shared her experience as a Latina in the military and working with the U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on diversity, equity and inclusion. It was incredibly inspiring for us to hear her courage first-hand.
Due to COVID-19, the team had to quickly pivot its plans for Trans Day of Visibility. Against the odds, the Queerious created posters to highlight trans coworkers, celebrities, and other movers and shakers making a difference in the world. Although virtual, any opportunity to showcase the topic is a win in our book, even if the original plans couldn’t happen. Harnessing the power of diversity has never looked so bright!
Organized by the ERGs, these chats offer safe spaces for employees to connect and share outside of ordinary meetings. The informal, yet structured group discussions are guided by fellow colleagues on topics ranging from mental health, racism, xenophobia, caregiving during COVID-19 and overall quarantine chats. These offer a great way to support one another in the face of challenges or difficult times.
This micro-learning app integrates with Slack and curates weekly content based on employee’s diversity and inclusion interests, i.e. topics on mental health, xenophobia, and caregiving. SurveyMonkey maintains its commitment to an inclusive culture and Crescendo is another way we #staycurious (a company-motto of ours) and support our fellow colleagues.
To celebrate all the great initiatives of our ERG and DIG leaders and make plans for more, we hosted a Summit at the start of the year. From Amsterdam, Dublin, Minneapolis, New York, Ottawa, Portland, and San Mateo, all 30+ of our group leaders came together for two days of workshops and collaboration to plan for diversity, equity, inclusion and social impact work in 2020 and beyond.
At SurveyMonkey, we don’t just want to build diversity and inclusion into our own business; we want to help support positive change in the workforce as a whole. Our Inclusion & Belonging Survey Template helps businesses of all sizes measure and understand inclusiveness within their organization, so they can take proactive steps toward change.
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