We have around 20 different nationalities from across 6 continents at Yieldr – for a group of 35 people, this diversity is pretty impressive. Our diversity is something that we celebrate whenever we can. Yieldr has an International Holidays initiative, where we plan get-togethers to celebrate holidays from our home country. There's even a small budget set aside for us to buy things for these celebrations.
It's a strong pillar of our company culture. These events highlight our diverse international team, allow us to come together and celebrate as a family, and help us learn more about each other's backgrounds – leading us to better connect with one another.
Why Diversity Is Important
Diversity covers many forms, such as age, gender, race, education, religion, abilities, sexual orientation and more. And it matters. Research by Creative Equals found that teams that are diverse are 45% happier and 48% more likely to stay at a company.
A McKinsey study found that ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely have better financial results than their respective national industry medians. Diversity has a positive impact on many key factors of a company:
- Talent recruitment
- Stronger customer success
- Higher employee satisfaction
- Better decision making
Harvard Business Review highlights the importance of focusing on inclusion, not just diversity. This means "creating an environment where people can be who they are, that values their unique talents and perspectives, and makes them want to stay."
Sharing our unique holidays with everyone at Yieldr is a great way to include, recognize and celebrate our diverse cultural backgrounds. These are the international holidays we shared with each other in 2018.
We kicked off 2018's international celebrations with Australia Day, which marks the arrival of the First Fleet to Australian land. We had a typical Aussie barbecue with Aussie drinks and Aussie tunes.
St. Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Yieldr went green (of course) to celebrate St. Paddy's Day in Barcelona! Fun fact: this day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.
Portugal Day is celebrated by Portuguese expats throughout the world. Rita and Rafael spoiled us with Portuguese food and drinks, including pastéis, cervejas and Vinho Verde (green wine) - delicious!
The 4th of July
The USA's Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which declared that the American colonies were free and independent states. We had a good old-fashioned 4th of July barbecue!
Independence Day of Ukraine
The current observation of this holiday marks the date when Ukraine's Declaration of Independence was issued. Mike brought the team together with Ukrainian cake, Friday night beverages and a dance-off.
National Day of the People's Republic of China
This day commemorates the founding of the People's Republic of China, as well as the start of "Golden Week". Hang arranged traditional Chinese food, mooncakes and drinks for a fun evening in the office!
Modern celebrations of Halloween in North America are about trick-or-treating and candy. We had a DOUBLE celebration, with a Halloween-themed lunch and after-work movie event with dinner, drinks and candy (duh!).
Thanksgiving is a celebration of what we're thankful for. Joe promised an epic lunch and we weren't disappointed. Each member of the Yieldr family gave thanks, then we stuffed ourselves with turkey and stuffing.
According to Dutch tradition, Sinterklaas travels from Spain to deliver gifts to good kids. Saint Nick visited the Yieldr office with pizza, drinks, poems and gifts for those of us who were nice (spoiler alert: we were all nice!).
This Christian holiday has cultural significance across many countries. The Yieldr annual Christmas party brought us together over coffee, amazing food, the Yieldr awards and karaoke until the wee hours of the morning!
I'm a huge fan of celebrating international holidays in the office. It's an awesome way to share our cultures with each other and learn about other traditions around the world. Bring on the holidays in 2019!