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TRSA Diversity Recognition Award

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NEW TO OUR INDUSTRY! The TRSA Diversity Recognition Award will honor Operators and Associates (companies or individuals) who value the “unlikeness” of individuals and encourage or facilitate such variation in human qualities in their workforces. Entries worthy of recognition include efforts that represent a step forward in attracting or acknowledging diverse talent, improving intergroup interaction in a multi-cultural workforce, or otherwise promoting and fostering inclusivity to support employees in any group.

Successful diversity efforts can provide individuals with a more defined career path, increase their commitment and encourage future generations of diverse individuals to pursue a career in the industry. Building awareness of individual differences also can enhance how people work together, improving productivity.

Nominations should describe results of initiatives and programs that encourage diversity.

Award-winning efforts in other industries have typically addressed various “primary dimensions of diversity” or personal physical qualities that individuals in each group cannot or usually do not change about themselves:

  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Physical abilities/qualities
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation

Diversity programs may also address “secondary” dimensions, which individuals change:

  • Educational background
  • Geographic location
  • Income
  • Marital status
  • Military experience
  • Parental status
  • Religious beliefs
  • Work experience

Typical Diversity Award-Winning Efforts from Other Industries:

  • Celebration of representation of diverse groups in the workforce
  • Fostering respect of groups in the minority in the workforce
  • Knowledge- and skill-building for specific groups
  • Respectful work scheduling (holidays, flex time)
  • Training to increase diversity awareness and attitude

Recent Award Winners

  • Service Linen Supply, Renton, WA (Operator)