Microsoft hosted its first ever Inclusion Day to explore the many cultures represented at the company this week. The event highlighted the importance of engaging historically underserved, under-represented communities in the workplace.
Speakers at the event highlighted the progress that has been made in workplaces across the globe and in Ireland. It also looked ahead to the future and the work that has yet to be done to ensure that everyone feels free to be themselves in the workplace. Speakers at the event included Sinead Burke, PhD candidate and writer, while employees hosted sessions on inclusive behaviour and different cultures were celebrated in a variety of ways throughout the day.
Commenting on the initiative, Director of Inside Sales at Microsoft Ireland, Christine Barrett said, "We are delighted to host our first ever Inclusion Day at Microsoft Ireland. When a workplace is truly inclusive, employees are empowered to do their best work. They are free to express themselves and this enthusiasm translates into positive results for the company. Today our message to industry is that every measure should be taken to ensure that a workplace is fully inclusive of difference."