I’ve been going to the Sticks & Stones career fair right from the very first time it took place in Berlin, though back then, I wasn’t even looking for new job opportunities. The companies there interested me – waving their diversity flags on their websites and living diversity in their company cultures. Just recently, the Sticks & Stones 2015 took place again in Berlin. This time, I was there not as a visitor – I was representing Bayer…
…waving the diversity flag and giving life to Bayer’s commitment to diversity, spreading awareness and openness with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity in our company. It was about the same time that we officially launched our new Bayer LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) global community brochure “Blend.” It was a great experience for me personally and a great leap for Bayer.
The evening before the fair I had a think about what I should tell people about Bayer and the job opportunities there. On the day, to my surprise, most of the visitors stopping at the Bayer stand knew all about our business. Sure, we talked about possible job entries and career opportunities, their education background and professional experience. But what most of them really wanted to know was why Bayer should be their employer of choice. They expected informal and honest answers, a kind of look behind the scenes. So of course I was honest. I was surprised how easy it was for me to talk about my personal experiences of working at Bayer – the good things but also the less good things. The visitors took me seriously and were grateful for these first insights into this huge, global company.
I think we really sent a positive signal about Bayer’s commitment regarding diversity and LGBT. At the end of the day, I felt very proud to work at Bayer and to be able to communicate our company values at this LGBT career fair. It was a giant leap for me to help to show the positive effects of being diverse.
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