This past summer, the Seismic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team facilitated optional Safe Space discussions. A Safe Space is where people can express honest impressions, thoughts, and attitudes without fear of judgment. These spaces were created to provide employees with an intimate, safe environment where they could share their feelings and experiences. Sessions were held with the opportunity for employees to reflect, listen, and learn in a judgment-free environment centered around mutual respect and our Seismic values of inclusivity, vulnerability, and seeking to understand. The goal of this session and future sessions is to foster an inclusive environment, promote dialogue, and build trust.
These small group discussions gave all voices an opportunity to be heard and to share about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on reproductive health care. Attendees found the discussion to be valuable and were interested in future sessions.
“I found the Safe Space Discussion extremely valuable. The Safe Space Discussion was a perfect example of Seismic values of ‘We are Inclusive, We Seek to Understand, and We are Vulnerable’ and how we put our values into practice on a daily basis here at Seismic. I felt I could be an ally and that I was supported both as an ally, as well as with my own feelings on the topic. Seismic is a special company in these regards, and I am grateful to be a part of it!”
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to join this safe space discussion. This setting provided me the chance to lean into vulnerability and listen and learn from my colleagues across the organization. I highly recommend joining a discussion if you have the chance.”
Resources were sent out to employees reiterating Seismic’s benefit offerings including mental health resources, such as the Employee Assistance Program they can leverage.
A webinar centered on managing compassion and change fatigue was also held. The webinar provided an understanding of what compassion fatigue is, and how to recognize the signs and ways you can help yourself and others with strategies to boost mental health, create connection, and combat compassion and change fatigue.
We will consider leveraging this kind of space in the future on topics that impact our employees.
By listening to and empathizing with each other, we can learn from our collective experiences and contribute to the diverse and inclusive culture we are fostering at Seismic.
If you would like to learn more about how we celebrate DEI, please visit the Seismic Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page.