This weekend, we observe Juneteenth to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Now a Federal holiday, it marks a day of remembrance and an opportunity to celebrate African American culture.
Juneteenth also serves as a reminder of the inequalities Black people still face in the U.S. today. In the workplace, Black employees experience higher rates of discrimination and greater obstacles to progress compared to their colleagues.
- One in four Black workers say they experienced discrimination at work in the past year.
- 43% of Black private-sector workers earn less than $30,000 per year, compared with 29% of the rest of the private sector.
- Black employees make up 14% of private sector workers, but just 7% at a managerial level, and 4-5% across the senior manager, VP, and SVP levels.
A Commitment to Equal Opportunities
At Searchspring, we are invested in providing equal opportunities to all employees. Our process to screen, interview, and hire new team members is heavily focused on eliminating discrimination. All hiring managers undergo training on the impacts of unconscious bias.
Our Diversity Committee leads a wide range of initiatives to promote inclusion and awareness within our company and celebrates the diverse backgrounds and experiences that each individual brings to the workplace.
We also support employees to give back to their local communities. Searchspring offers donation matching, which means any contributions made by employees to recognized charities are matched by the company. In addition, we encourage employees to avail of our open PTO policy to volunteer or observe key dates and holidays that are important to them.
Our belief that everyone has the right to reach their goals and fulfill their potential also extends to our customers, which is why we offer discounted services to minority-owned businesses.
This Juneteenth, we commit to ongoing improvement and growth as we continue to foster an inclusive and welcoming workplace. To all of our customers and partners, we wish you a Happy Juneteenth.