Building an open corporate culture makes organizations more successful and their employees happier.
Data collected by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed over 60,000 private sector jobs in Hungary are unfilled, resulting in tremendous competition for new talent and to retain existing employees. As per a study conducted by WeAreOpen and Gemius in 2014, 83% of future employees, being people above the age of 18 and still studying, would like to work at a place where there is no negative discrimination.
By contrast, more than half of Hungarian employees have already encountered negative discrimination at the workplace. Roma and LGBTQ people are the two most rejected minority group among Hungarian employees. When it comes to gender equality, over the last two years, 60% of the Hungarians find that the situation has improved somewhat, but employees expect more.
International researches prove that companies that are diverse and inclusive and have an open corporate culture, perform better financially and have happier employees. They can hire and retain people better, they understand their market better, and are more innovative.
Being open is not just the right thing to do – it makes business sense!
WeAreOpen offers various services that help organizations in their efforts to be more diverse and inclusive. Our services offer leaders as well as employees with content and insights as well as opportunities to interact with other, like minded individuals from the OPEN Community and beyond.
WeAreOpen launched the Supporting Circle for organizations that want to contribute to WeAreOpen’s mission to raise awareness that openness is a value for organizations and help businesses and employees experience, learn and show it’s benefits, while actively shaping openness in their own organization with the opportunities that the Circle offers. The members of the Supporting Circle are typically those who would like to take a step further and strive to be part of the real-life community of openness-promoting organizations. Hence as the members of the Circle they gather regularly, and leverage on the presentations and tools that WeAreOpen offers to the Circle members to build a more open workplace.
Supporting Circle members are the WeAreOpen annual sponsors and those large and small businesses that opted for the Supporting Circle status.
Why Join the Circle?
Share ideas and work together with like minded organizations to improve openness
Contribute towards helping fulfill WeAreOpen’s mission
Get access to OPEN Backstage events
Get content in the form of events and presentations that cover a range of diversity topics
Other benefits include organization logo on the WeAreOpen website and discounted tickets for OPEN Conference
Two Steps For Companies Program
Over the last two years, 60% of the Hungarian employees experienced some change at their workplace directed at ensuring equal opportunities for women and men. But we are still a long way off from where we want, where we need to be. And employees as well, expect continuous improvement.
Building on our national representative research, and to help companies improve their internal gender equality, we launched the Two Steps for Companies Program. To be more gender equal, the first step, we believe, is to know where you are right now. With the help of our amazing partner, Gemius, we can measure your company, benchmark it against the national average, and, using this data, help you with action items as well. We have also created a data-driven Certificate program to recognize your company’s achievements. And when you’re ready, we’ll remeasure your company to study the progress made!
Our vision is an ecosystem in which all employers annually measure where they are in their gender equality journey, according to their employees, and make decisions based on data. The program is called Two Steps, because we at WeAreOpen and the majority of people in Hungary believe that women and men have to work together to ensure equal opportunities for women at the workplace. And if we do it together, we reach further.
Why take the Two Steps for Companies Program?
Measure your performance against that of the national average
Receive a special certificate – Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Diamond that represents how gender-balanced your organization is
Get actionable insights to create a more gender equal workspace.
Implement positive change within the organization.
Make your organization more attractive to current and potential employees by increasing brand love
The international diversity conference for business leaders in the heart of Central Europe.
It is a well-established fact that diversity in the workplace is good for business growth since it boosts performance, and contributes to talent retention and attraction. Keeping in mind the business case for openness, OPEN Conference was started by WeAreOpen to address the latest challenges of building a more inclusive work environment. Designed for CEOs, HR, marketing and communications decision makers, the 2 day event aims to showcase the best practices and diversity solutions by top business leaders and thought influencers.
Some of the largest and most well renowned organizations have attended OPEN Conference. Their representatives have come in the capacity of attendees, panelists and keynote speakers, including but not limited to Jonathan McBride (BlackRock), Nidhi Singh (Microsoft); Laszlo Bock (Google) and Claire Harvey (Diversity Role Models). Over 200 people attended OPEN Conference in 2018, from more than 10 countries around the world!
Why attend OPEN Conference?
Meet CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, HR heads and diversity champions from around the world
Find out more about topics such as LGBTQ inclusion, gender balance, inclusion of people with disabilities and ethnic minorities at the workplace
Participate in workshops and find the best solution for your organization to trigger real action
Learn more about the business case for diversity and inclusion for your organization
In 2018, we pioneered the Children’s Corner – a designated zone for children with qualified caretakers – so working parents could attend the conference
WeAreOpen offers presentations and workshops about a wide range of Diversity and Inclusion content. We happily offer the expertise of the WeAreOpen team, and can provide you access to a pool of international speakers who may have only limited availability otherwise. Explore our variety of options with top speakers and thought influencers.
Integrate diversity into your organization’s employer brand communication.
Competition for the best talent has never been harder. Diversity matters for top talent, therefore to be able to build diverse high performing teams it is crucial for companies to demonstrate diversity in their employer branding communication
What are the most effective diversity hiring strategies of today, how to build an inclusive recruitment process, source for diverse candidates, write inclusive job descriptions and build relationships to be able to hire a more diverse workforce
Future of work
The future of work is about value-driven, diverse teams, transparency, openness, respect and trust. Building a truly inclusive organisational culture is key for future success for all companies
CEO – WeAreOpen
Melinda is the CEO of WeAreOpen, and has been since the organization was founded by Google, Prezi, and espell in Hungary.
Formerly the Press Officer for Google, Melinda holds masters degrees in economics, communications, and psychology. She is also a member of Aspen Institute’s Young Leaders Program.
Fluent in Hungarian and English, Melinda has given multiple presentations at international company events and international conferences. She has vast knowledge and experience on diversity and inclusion, and is extremely passionnate about seeing a more open world.
Partnership Lead – WeAreOpen
Csaba is a communication professional with almost 20 years of experience in consultancy, PR and journalism. Currently, he is running his communication agency, Prompt Media, which provides consultancy, media & presentation training, employer branding campaigns and film production. In addition, he is working with NGOs and not-for-profits in Hungary, including WeAreOpen as their Partnership Lead. Previously, he was overseeing Prezi’s International communications as their PR lead in Europe and Australia for 4 years. Before joining Prezi, he worked as a senior political correspondent 8 years for TV2, one of Hungary’s most watched TV networks.
Employer Branding Strategist
Employer branding and employee experience consultant with a deep understanding of corporate and startup environments. Judit understands how to drive growth through a well-defined people and employer branding strategy. As a consultant, she helps growth organisations lower recruiting efforts, attract retain and motivate top talent by building a sustainable employer branding strategy and design employee experience. In her volunteer time, she advocates for diversity and women in tech. .