Pride Month is the perfect time to show extra support for your LGBTQ+ colleagues. It's also an ideal time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at your company and get involved in local LGBTQ+ charities and initiatives.
Need some ideas for how to best celebrate Pride Month at the office? We've got you covered! Here's how to celebrate and support your LGBTQ+ colleagues at work this June:
Get Some Fun Pride Swag
A great way to kick off Pride Month is with some fun office swag! Whether you're working remotely or in the office, wearing Pride merch is a fun way to show your support for the LGBTQ+ individuals at your company.
Throw a tie-dyeing party where everyone can make their own Pride t-shirts, or buy matching Pride merch for every employee. Then, invite everyone to wear their merch at work. Depending on your company's dress code, this could mean employees will wear Pride merch whenever they want to or on specific days such as casual Fridays. Plus, with matching Pride merch, you'll have something to wear if you volunteer as a company during Pride Month.
Plan Pride-Themed Events (In Person & Virtual)
With many companies now allowing remote work, it may be tricky to plan a Pride-themed event in which every employee can participate. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to host events and fun activities for your employees, both in person and virtual.
Pride-themed bingo nights, parades, trivia, lunches, bake-offs, movie nights, and happy hours are all events and activities that would be fun for the office and can be adapted for the remote workforce. When in doubt, a Pride-themed party is a classic event in need of no explanation that could incorporate a few of the activities mentioned above.
Volunteer At Organizations Supporting Local LGBTQ+ Initiatives
While wearing matching Pride merch (or not!), your company should make it a priority to go the extra mile to show your support for all of your LGBTQ+ employees. A great way to do this is by going out in your community to volunteer at local organizations supporting LGBTQ+ initiatives.
Volunteering and doing other types of community service not only brings the workforce together but also strengthens your employer branding, which could then help you attract the right types of job candidates. If you make an effort to support the LGBTQ+ community, you'll likely receive a number of resumes from qualified LGBTQ+ members and allies who are passionate about your mission and values and feel they'd be safe and included in your workplace.
Organize A Fundraiser & Donate To LGBTQ+ Charities
Along the same line as the idea above, going the extra mile could also mean organizing a fundraiser and donating to LGBTQ+ charities. Fundraisers are fun events that give employees a chance to be involved and support a cause in a measurable way.
Another way to involve employees in this process is by having them vote on which LGBTQ+ charity to donate the funds to. It's always fun coming together to support a cause knowing you're making a difference!
Celebrating Pride Month at work will help bring your workforce together and make everyone feel included. Support your LGBTQ+ colleagues at work this June with the four fun ideas above!
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