Interview Dianne Hofner

The call of Humanity that the pandemic causes us to.

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There is a consensus to note that the health crisis global caused by the COVID-19 has brought out both the best as the worst of us as societies and as a species. “The pandemic is uniting the planet nearly to the same extent in that it is dividing. And in profound ways,” says Dianne Hofner in your blog. 

You will hear applause to the health workers, concerts from balconies, union between neighbors, common pots and opening digital countless contained in libraries, schools and museums that were previously restricted to a paid access. Binds the scientific community in the task of finding a vaccine as soon as possible and are derived resources of a series of social actors to achieve it. We act together.

But in its counterpart, the inequities and inequalities that exist have been exponentially exacerbated. A cross-sectoral approach to analyze figures show, for example, large gaps of survival by racial differences in EE.US, such as in Chile occurs with the socio-economic differences. Have increased substantially allegations of gender-based violence and migrant communities trying to survive in the middle of the abandonment of both their countries of origin and of the host. There is a lot of competition for equipment and medical equipment globally, and we note with concern the privileged position occupied by the discourses antimigración in the media. We disjoint.

On this disparity, Dianne Hofner made available to us an interesting reflection on the value of hope in the midst of this crisis, not only health, but above all, value. We believe that it is necessary to land this reflection to the work of the organizations. 

This interview begins with a question that sounds scary, but it determines: how our companies, corporate leaders and governments will use this distraction to take even more advantage on these inequalities, or will we decide to show the best of us as individuals and as organizations, to address the crisis?, are we going to decide to act together or separated?

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From this approach, to who we work with Diversity and Inclusion in organizations (internally or externally) this crisis poses a great responsibility, but also, a great opportunity.

We can show how honest is our definition of corporate values and how they emerge culturally in our business at times complex. We can demonstrate how we take care of ourselves and respond empathically to the particular needs of all our collaborators, even in terms of personal and family. We can legitimize the need to include a look of mental health in our processes of RR.HH. that covers the entire organization. We can encourage our leaders to convey trust and confidence in the midst of so much uncertainty, and that this extends to the communities where we operate.

We can invest in the consolidation of our inner talents and the creation of committees, groups, and/or spaces of interaction where empower the creativity of our people to focus on solutions. Can we improve our communication for that is truly inclusive to all of our stakeholders. We can do many things to improve.

The call Dianne at this interview by Claudia Perez Müller, co-Director of the Connecting D&I, is to be alert and dedicate ourselves to take care of us, how to mix the fear we have about the economic impact on our businesses with the call of humanity that same pandemic makes us.

“You have to dedicate time to reflect and change our behavior for the future. Learn. Do not think that this is something temporary and that we will return to normal. In that change, we move forward to be better.”

We invite you to see the full interview!