Just when you thought you knew everything about the diverse office of the 21st Century, ProGroup, Inc., has the "2008 Honoring Differences" calendar to point out you're not as bright as you thought you were.
The calendar, offering details on practices, events and holidays for a range of cultures, includes hundreds of entries, as well as monthly religious, cultural, and country-specific indexes. You'll also find photos of people from ethnic groups connected to the holidays listed.
Still wondering why—in the world—you would have need for such a calendar? "Isn't it enough that I note both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in addition to Christmas?" you're thinking. Fredrick Smith, vice president of sales and marketing for ProGroup, Inc., doesn't think it is. Smith says you need the calendar "to avoid conflicts with events or even dietary restrictions by removing the burden from employees to raise concerns." So, if your kosher employees are upset you're serving ham and cheese again during Passover, the calendar will alert you to just how offensive you're acting.
But, really, since most of you are well intentioned, we assume you'll use this multicultural offering to give you a much needed heads-up. No offense required.