Iron Mountain is committed to intentionally creating and supporting a diverse, inclusive workforce. But what does that commitment look like? What do inclusion and diversity even mean? Why are they essential to our business?
Inclusion & Diversity Defined
At Iron Mountain, we see diversity as all the characteristics and experiences that define each of us as individuals. Diversity includes everything that makes us who we are – all the ways in which we are similar, and all the ways in which we are different.
Diversity includes things like race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and military experience.
But it’s more than that.
It’s what you do; how you work, learn, and communicate; where you live; who’s in your family; and what you think and believe. It includes all these interconnected life experiences and characteristics, some visible, many not.
Diversity is who we are. But being diverse isn’t enough.
That’s where inclusion comes in. At Iron Mountain, we’re working hard to become a more inclusive company, to create an environment of involvement, respect and connection where we value each other’s ideas, backgrounds and perspectives.
In 2014, Iron Mountain’s President & CEO, William Meaney, gathered his Senior Executive team and other global leaders to attend a training session facilitated by Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, a psychology professor at Harvard University and coauthor of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. In this session, our leaders learned that all of have biases and there are ways to identify, acknowledge, own and take action to address them.
Later in the year, we held follow-up developmental workshops for many other senior leaders where we talked about inclusion and diversity from a shared perspective and considered why inclusiveness is a critical leadership competency in achieving our business goals.
Iron Mountain is designing a new, integrated learning curriculum for all managers in North America so they can lead their teams with clarity, confidence and care.
As part of our broader inclusion and diversity strategy, these developmental opportunities and ongoing conversations will help to change the way we approach situations and do business. One of our goals is to build and sustain a culture where all Iron Mountain employees are able to bring their whole selves to work – their authentic selves – and not feel they have to hide any personal dimension.