Friday, May 3, 2013

Our Commitment to Diversity in the Workplace…


(“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.” –Dave Barry)


I love this quote from Dave Barry because we at NextGen are always looking at what unites us as a team- what makes us stronger.  Is it our similarities? Is it our differences?  How can we build on those and embrace them?   


At NextGen we are thrilled that we are one of the country’s leading staffing companies, yet what we are most proud of is that our work is about working together to achieve success in the workplace.  We strive to help support a good work-life balance, have a positive impact on our community, and help create a productive and purposeful work environment for our clients and our consultants in the field.  As part of this mission, our company is especially dedicated to diversity in business.


As many of you know, NextGen is a Certified Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise, certified by the state of Missouri and the Minority Supplier Development Council. Founded by Carmen Jacob, a native of Guatemala and a woman pioneer in a very male dominated industry, NextGen’s history is steeped in a spirit of entrepreneurship and commitment to diversity in the workplace.   That is in part why we at NextGen have been so committed to diversity; we are passionate about it. We strive each day in helping to build a better workforce and a better workplace.


At NextGen, our teams are a spirited mix of youthful and senior recruiters, sourcers, and staff members from all walks of life.  We have found success in bringing together a dynamic and diverse talent community so that we can help and learn from each other, support each other, and help pave the way for new opportunities for all. In addition, with many of our consultants coming from countries throughout the world, we can help support our client’s diversity initiatives.

Throughout the years NextGen has been awarded for these commitments by Inc. Magazine, the St. Louis Business Journal, The St. Louis Minority Business Council, and more.

Most recently, our company has been nominated as the Hispanic Company of the year by The St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.   

Other awards received in 2013 by included: Top 100 Hispanic American Owned Businesses in the U.S.(NextGen ranked #25); Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the U.S. (NextGen ranked #118); Top 500 Women businesses in the U.S. (NextGen ranked #38); and  the Top 50 Diversity Owned Business in Missouri (NextGen ranked #3).

We are excited and proud to be a driving force in these efforts and applaud all those who support diversity in the workplace.

In particular, at NextGen we’ve expanded our own Definition of Diversity. Our definition includes that every individual is unique and while we not only recognize our differences we embrace them and it involves not only tolerance of these differences but acceptance and respect. In addition we not only include race and gender when we talk about diversity, but also ethnicity and economic status, age and physical abilities, disabilities, religious and political beliefs, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.  Most importantly, it is in helping to create a work environment to support our dynamic differences and the many powerful dimensions that diversity encourages. We pride ourselves on these principles.


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