Scheduling, greetings, décor, oh my!

Dear Friends,

As the winter months are fast approaching, we look forward to the light and joy that comes with celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. All three holidays begin within days of one another this year and also may bring challenges that impact the workplace.

Whether it’s concerns of scheduling, greetings, decor, or associated stressors, this busy time of year can be complicated to navigate. To help you feel more prepared, we have fact sheets on each holiday that you can refer to for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the December Dilemma.

If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch and we can talk through potential solutions to support you and your workplace.

In peace,

Mark Fowler,
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Dilemma? Opportunity? Get ahead of the Fall & Winter Holidays!

Dear Friends, 

The winter holiday season often raises questions about workplace inclusivity and accommodation. Perhaps your office is considering which holidays to address, which holiday decorations are appropriate to use, or how to create a holiday or Christmas party inclusive to all. Whatever the case may be for you and your company, this is an opportunity to be prepared for the season and practice inclusion by addressing the December Dilemma head on!

Our December Dilemma Fact Sheet will help you address you and your colleagues’ questions about time off and scheduling, decoration and holiday greetings.

There are plenty of opportunities for education and celebration, beginning with Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas (both on the Julian and Gregorian calendars), Kwanzaa, and then the Lunar New Year in February 2020!

In peace,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

Photo: Ludmila Crigan-Mihajlovic


 

Capitalizing on Inclusion – Our Religious Diversity Symposium with Ted Childs

Tanenbaum and Ted Childs LLC hosted our fourth annual Religious Diversity Symposium on September 19th – 20th, 2019. This fall conference, designed for high-level diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders, focused on the theme of “capitalizing on inclusion.”

We brought together representatives from 30 different organizations and corporations for two days of robust learning and discussion. Programming included a presentation from Robby Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, a panel of Chief Diversity Officers from two multi-national companies, and a session lead by Sumreen Ahmad, Global Change Management Lead at Accenture, focused on moving through your organization’s religious diversity journey.

Attendees called the sessions “raw and eye-opening,” and filled with “invaluable insights.” Tanenbaum and Ted Childs are proud to partner on a conference that builds the knowledge, skills, and competencies of DEI leadership on religious diversity in the workplace.

 

Halloween is around the corner

Dear Friends,

Did you know that Halloween may have origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? Although Halloween may be popularly thought of as a day for trick-or-treating and parades, Halloween and the various observations that fall close to it, such as the Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, also have a great deal of meaning for those who celebrate.

Holidays are a great opportunity to learn about traditions. Learn more about these holidays in Tanenbaum’s new Halloween Fact Sheet.

In Friendship,
Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

Photo: Franki Emerson

An Autumn Festival of Lights

Dear Friends,

This year Diwali, known as the festival of lights, will take place on October 27th. Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists around the world celebrate this New Year festival for a variety of different reasons.

As you may know, Diwali is an official holiday in a number of countries in South Asia and around the globe.

Consult our Diwali Fact Sheet to learn more about the festival and its potential workplace implications.

If your company is engaging in some activity around the holiday, please share with us on social media! We’d love the opportunity to let others know how you’re including religion in your company.

Warm regards,

Mark Fowler,
Deputy CEO

 


 

Shana Tova!

Dear Friends,

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) will take place this year September 29 – October 1 and October 8 – 9, respectively. Together, these are known as the High Holy Days and are often regarded as the most important of all Jewish holidays.

Employees observing these holidays may require time off to attend services and celebrate with family and friends. Holidays like these are amazing opportunities to learn about traditions with which we may not be familiar! Learn more about both holidays and a few other seasonal holidays in Tanenbaum’s Jewish Fall Holidays fact sheet. Shana tova and a sweet new year to all!

In friendship,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

 


Photo: Robert Couse-Baker

An Opportunity to Learn: Eid al-Adha


Dear Friends,

This year, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha will be observed in the U.S. between sundown on August 10th and sundown on August 11th. The date may be different in other countries as the sighting of the new moon will determine the start of the holiday. Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) celebrates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son when ordered to do so by God.

As Eid al-Adha is of great significance within Islam, employees may request time off and businesses within Muslim-majority countries may be closed. For more information about the holiday, including background information and appropriate greetings, please read and share Tanenbaum’s fact sheet on Eid al-Adha.

In peace,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

Tanenbaum’s 2019 Religious Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Tanenbaum held its fourth annual Religious Diversity Leadership Summit (the Summit) on June 19, 2019, tackling the theme of “innovating religious diversity in the workplace.” Programming included dynamic speakers and engaging panel discussions that highlighted the work of leaders in the religious diversity and inclusion space.

Missed this year’s Summit? Keep an eye out for additional content and details about next year’s event!

Pioneer Day is Almost Here!

Dear Friends,

Did you know that July 24th is Pioneer Day? This holiday is one of the major holidays of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The day is often observed with parades, fireworks, and Old West reenactments to commemorate the arrival of Brigham Young and his followers to Salt Lake Valley. To learn more about the history and significance of Pioneer Day, as well as how the holiday may impact the workplace, read our Pioneer Day Fact Sheet.

In friendship,

Mark Fowler,
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum


Photo: Ken Lund

Holidays Happening This Week

Dear Friends, 

The Hindu festival of Holi is this week! Holi is often called the festival of colors, because “playing Holi” means flinging colors. This year Holi will take place on March 20th – 21st. Take a look at our new Holi Fact Sheet for more information about the holiday and the potential workplace implications of Holi.

We also want to remind you all that this week is filled with holidays for a variety of different faiths! Here’s a reminder to take a look at the Naw Ruz Fact Sheet we sent out on February 21st as well. The Jewish holiday of Purim and the Sikh holiday of Hola Mohalla also fall this week. We look forward to sharing fact sheets on these holidays next year. Consider also consulting the ADL’s 2019 Calendar of Observances to see what other holidays are coming up.

Sincerely,  

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum


Image: Steven Garner