We are all facing challenges presented by COVID-19. Recently, tragic events have exposed inequalities and injustices in our country. This is an issue that our country has faced time and time again.
Citizens need to do their part to address the underlying issues, as well as companies and organizations. As a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO), HCC is uniquely positioned in the HR space. We advise and guide clients and employees with the everyday issues of discrimination, diversity, fairness, and opportunity as it relates to the workplace. If your employees have not already asked you for your organization’s position, policies, or thoughts on these issues, they most likely will.
As a CPEO and a member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organization (NAPEO), HCC will be active in our association’s actions to learn, educate, and help with change. We will be involved with the following at the association level.
- The US Chamber has begun a National Initiative to Address the Inequality of Opportunity, which NAPEO has joined. They are urging partners, like NAPEO, to engage in the initiative by driving individual work in our local communities to improve the equality of opportunity. And we will.
- NAPEO is putting together a PEO group to help advise us and guide the industry. HCC will be a part of that group.
- Our association will hold a webinar on diversity, inclusion, and how PEOs can help their clients. That webinar is just a first step to assist with a concerted effort to educate PEOs on a national basis.
- Within our association, we will hold meetings to share ideas and focus on what PEOs should be doing as an industry.
- After this, we will launch a page on the HCC website to serve as guidance, diversity training courses, and other resources. We will continue to be a resource for our clients. If you have anything we should add to that page, please send it to us. If you are doing anything in this space that we should know about, please let us know.
- Finally, as HCC grows, we will continue to recruit and engage employees with a focus on diversity.
As an initial resource, we offer you this link to the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” written by Martin Luther King, Jr in April of 1963. It is a powerful document, and his insight and eloquence still resonate today. “If you’re not part of the solution,” goes the adage, “you must be part of the problem.” We all must resolve to be part of the solution, in our companies, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, and our everyday lives.
HCC aims to be part of the solution, if for no other reason than the alternative is unacceptable.
HCC Executive Team