21 Day Challenge Disability Inclusion Edition
What did you want to achieve?
Through our 21-Day Challenge, we encouraged our team members to gain insights into the experiences of colleagues with disabilities. The goal was to enhance their comprehension and seek ways to establish a workplace that embraces both visible and invisible disabilities, ensuring everyone feels included.
What did you do?
In 2022, to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we invited Siemens employees from all around the world to learn more about the experiences of their colleagues through the 21-Day Challenge: Disability Inclusion edition.
During our 21-day challenge, we provided daily recommendations of podcasts, videos and articles, aiming to empower our colleagues to acknowledge and confront the discrimination, marginalisation, exclusion and accessibility issues experienced by many individuals with disabilities.
These educational resources were carefully selected to equip them to advocate for meaningful change. They were curated by members of the Global DEI Comms team, members of the disability community at Siemens, and the Siemens USA Disability Inclusion Council. Additionally, employees had the opportunity to learn about 21 inspiring colleagues, who are dedicated to advancing disability inclusion and propelling positive transformation.
What are the results so far?
A remarkable 4,850 employees actively participated in the challenge, collectively accumulating over 3,500 hours of learning. In terms of engagement on our internal platforms, posts on Yammer gathered an impressive 26,000 views, accompanied with over 500 Likes.
What have you learned?
This experience has highlighted a strong eagerness among Siemens employees to educate themselves and learn more about the lived experiences of their colleagues. This also serves as a positive indicator of our commitment in fostering an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at Siemens.