Video Transcript: Diversity, Respect and Inclusion

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Blake says: Just treating others as I would want to be treated. That said, I think we all want to be respected, and we want to feel valued, and we want our perspective and ideas to be taken seriously.

Annette says: My interpretation is that regardless of your cultural background, your gender, your lifestyle that you are included in the workplace, in the activities of the workplace, where we all are here to accomplish a common goal regardless of the background that we came from and regardless of what we do outside of work.

Denver says: Respect and inclusion; being included in decisions and having people listen to your thoughts and not having judgment.

David says: Respect and inclusion is more than just including people. It's bringing them in and making them part of your team, so you have to respect their background, yet respect their opinions.

Annette says: It's a challenge in the workplace and it's not one of those aspects that you can put into a machine and put a formula and it'll kick out the answer.

Walette says: As the world begins to change, our customer base is going to change and I think for us to be able to respond to our customer needs and to be able to serve our customers the way they'd want to be serviced, we have to understand respect and inclusion. We have to understand the multicultural community. We have to understand what diversity brings and we have to educate ourselves. And I think that's one of the things, why we want to have training and development for employees so they can understand those things. They see the change happening around them day-to-day when they're at work, and when they're not at work. But I think understanding how that plays a part in a utility, especially a municipality, that supports the community and we have to make sure that we are aligning ourselves to the needs of our community.

Pat says: It’s a team collaborative effort that makes the total end-product a good one. But it's because of the diversity. If you had like-minded thoughts, never changed the committee structure, always did it the same, you would get the same product and that's not necessarily bad, but not necessarily dynamic and good for the organization.

Blake says: Well I think all organizations, any kind of work, education, social organizations all do better in times of stress or when they're trying to do problem-solving if they have a diverse perspective and diverse views and you don't really get that for an organization unless you have people that have had diverse experiences in their background. That's really what infuses their ability to have a diverse perspective and the problem solving or coming up with new ideas or just really anything that they need to do within the organization to make it work well.

Greg says: I think in the world that we're headed towards and it's a different generation. They have different views about how things outta work i think the company 20 years from now, 30 years now will be a different company based on those inputs. And they will come with their own ideas and viewpoints on what inclusion is and how and what it should look like and feel like. You never know what someone brings to the party until you ask them, but you have to ask and you have to create an environment where that can take place.