Lunar New Year and lesson for cultural inclusiveness

“Happy Lunar New Year 2020”

Walking to our company special event, I was pleasantly surprised to see this.

Hmm, isn’t it just a way to greet people in the new year?

Why do I have to be surprised?

Well, over the last 15 years, I have traveled around the world enough to see many people (unintentionally) label it as Chinese New Year. The fact is: while China does celebrate it (it is their biggest holiday in the year), other countries also celebrate this event: Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, Laos and other parts of Asia.

That’s why it was nice to see DocuSign addresses it with a delicate touch that it spoke for everyone. In the event, we even introduced a new ERG (Employee Resource Group) called PAVE (Pan Asia Voice for Equity).

Ok don’t ask me, I know, I know, we love acronyms.

Cultural Inclusiveness

Looking back at this Lunar New Year event making me more proud of the culture of our company.

In the last year, we have had a wide range of activities and celebrations ranging from Diwali dinner, to Christmas lunch, then Lunar New Year. We have shown strong support for San Francisco Pride parade, Australia wildfire stress relief, and numerous local IMPACT social works.

Some will choose to work in a company with good pay, or close proximity to home.

For me, I want to be in an environment with this level of caring and inclusiveness. It speaks volumes for what we do and why we do it.

Lesson learned

It takes extra effort to show that you care but once you do, the returns will surely worth it.

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