ROW Webinar: Inclusive Wellbeing – Sexual and Gender Identities
Free | Wed 20 October 2021, 12pm – 1pm (NZST)
How inclusive is your workplace wellbeing program? An inclusive, diverse workplace culture fosters a sense of belonging, safety, and purpose for employees, helping to increase wellbeing and productivity. Inclusive wellbeing workplace cultures improve social connectedness and belonging; reduce discrimination, prejudice and harassment; and support people to bring their whole self to work.
Over the next 12 months, we’ll be exploring diversity and inclusion as part of our monthly Wellbeing Wednesday webinars. Our first explores inclusive wellbeing from a sexual and gender identity perspective.
Joining us is José Taiapa from Rainbow Tick. Rainbow Tick is about accepting and valuing people in the workplace, embracing the diversity of sexual and gender identities. A supportive work environment that is accepting of peoples’ differences benefits everybody in your organisation.
We’ll be exploring some of the cornerstones of wellbeing from this perspective, along with barriers and myths in the workplace and the actions workplaces can take to ensure wellbeing programs are truly inclusive.
Our guest: José Taiapa – he/him
Prior to joining Rainbow Tick, a 26-year career in aviation with the last 14 years at Air New Zealand found José on the receiving side of this programme. José experienced first-hand the journey, then benefits of being part of a Rainbow Tick certified organisation. Most importantly and ultimately it was the catalyst to helping José finally realise he could be comfortable to turn up 100% and bring his whole authentic self to work. After 20 years he quickly moved into a people leader position and helped to transform the culture, policies and the way leaders led all with a rainbow lens. José became involved in cabin crew recruitment, assisted the comms and global brand teams on rainbow projects, and facilitated training to hundreds of Air Zealanders about showing up authentically. He also facilitated training to emerging leaders and assisted them on the journey.
José is employed full-time by Kāhui Tū Kaha as a Rainbow Tick Programme Manager based in Auckland.
José’s role involves consulting with organisations throughout Aotearoa around LGBTTQIA+ diversity and inclusion. Then leading them through the Rainbow Tick certification process and delivering education to all employees at all levels of the business.
Rainbow Tick is about accepting and valuing people in the workplace, embracing the diversity of sexual and gender identities. A supportive work environment that is accepting of peoples’ differences benefits everybody in an organisation. It’s about attracting diverse talent, which in turn brings diversity of thought. Beneficial to an organisation on so many levels. Then being equipped to support a diverse workforce and keep them because it is somewhere they love working.
For José it is about an employee having the realisation of their being able to bring their whole authentic self to work much earlier on in their career. Not at the 20 year mark like it happened for him.
1. Guest interview: We’ll start this session with the guest interview, facilitated by Sarah McGuinness.
2. Group discussion: After the interview, then we’ll open the ‘floor’ for discussion, and we welcome any questions you have about the interview topic.
3. News: We’ll invite you to share any news or wins, or ask workplace wellbeing questions of the group. Sarah will also share updates from the world of workplace wellbeing.
The event is open to members of ROW Network and ROW Gold only.
BYO lunch. It’s all very informal.
FYI – The discussion section will be recorded to turn into a podcast. The Q & A or subsequent discussions will be not be included in the podcast (and please let us know if you have any concerns).
Instructions on how to join the meeting via Zoom will be provided upon registration.