Diversity and Inclusion
Promoting leadership and opportunity
A culture that promotes diversity and inclusion is critical to creating an engaged workforce, a high-performance team and the long-term success of our business.
–Erickson Living Chief Operating Officer Debra Doyle
Key to our success
At Erickson Living, we recognize that a workforce reflecting the rich and dynamic diversity of our nation’s population is essential to our success.
That’s why we’ve established vibrant Diversity and Inclusion Councils at corporate and every Erickson Living campus, implemented diversity training for all employees and promoted celebrations of the unique backgrounds of our community residents.
Promoting a culture of diversity is a key company-wide objective, demonstrating acceptance of diversity as a core value and including the concept in all employee annual performance reviews.
Diversity and Inclusion Council
The company formed the Diversity and Inclusion Council to develop and implement strategies that promote the company’s business objectives in four key areas: employees, residents, the marketplace and our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The Council includes members from across the corporate and community enterprise with expertise in different areas and representing diverse heritages. The Council meets regularly to promote the diversity and inclusion goals within the company and is supported at the highest level of executive management.
The Council’s work has resulted in the company extending health and wellness benefits to domestic or same-sex partners of employees and offering adoption benefits to its employees. The Council has also worked to establish diversity and inclusion committees comprised of residents and staff at all Erickson Living-managed communities.
Celebrating our differences
Erickson Living’s communities enthusiastically embrace and celebrate the diversity of our staff and residents in fun and interesting ways, from interfaith holiday celebrations and cultural heritage months to community forums and outreach programs that explore various cultures and religions.
Erickson Living-managed communities regularly sponsor cultural events celebrating Black History Month, Cinco de Mayo, Latinos, Italians, Greeks, Caribbean heritage and older Americans, to name a few. Several campuses also show a commitment to inclusion by flying the rainbow flag to support the various orientations of our residents and staff. The residents and staff of one Erickson Living campus have come together to participate in the Boston Gay Pride Parade for the past several years.
Our campuses also celebrate the rich spiritual diversity of our residents and staff with celebrations for Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and other traditions of our residents. Similarly, during the course of the year, the Passover Seder is richly encouraged and celebrated. We also memorialize the tragedy of the Holocaust with remembrance gardens and Yad Vashem programs—honoring non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust. Various campuses have sponsored dialogue and diversity programs featuring varied faith and philosophical traditions.
Erickson Living conducts a comprehensive employee training program for all corporate and community employees called “Working Together,” which focuses on encouraging a common understanding of the organization’s strategy on diversity and inclusion.The communities offer a program called “Successful Community Living” that promotes respect, civility and understanding for our diverse residents in community living.
To support its diversity goals, Erickson Living partners with these organizations:
- Cristo Rey—Erickson Living is a sponsor of Baltimore Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s corporate internship program to support a private, college-preparatory education affordable to urban young people.
- Pine Street Inn Boston—Communities’ volunteers regularly extend services to one of New England’s largest homeless shelters for men and women.
- Alzheimer’s Association—Erickson Living communities participate regularly in a walkathon to raise funds for education, awareness and research so that soon this dreaded disease will be eradicated.
- United Negro College Fund—our company has provided internship opportunities for college students who have interest in careers in senior living and services.
- Gloucester Institute of Virginia—We have also developed relationships with this leadership development program to nurture and train future leaders.
- Relief Efforts—Our entire company has been extraordinarily supportive of relief efforts that speak to the core of our values, including caring, respect, diversity and inclusion, through outreach efforts to support disaster relief during the Haitian hurricane and Japanese tsunami disasters.