All institutions, including small businesses like us, should reflect the communities they serve. Right now, our team is all white. That is not a reflection of our community. There are talented developers and designers of color in central Kentucky who we ought to know. We’ve been discussing what we’ve tried in the past—where we’ve not done enough, or where we’ve been just plain wrong in our recruiting strategies.
We’ve been around as a fully-functioning agency for six years, and we have that many full-time team members—six. Given that we are only able to take on one new hire per year, this may seem like a really silly, even performative, exercise. Why bother posting a chart with more columns than team members? Isn’t posting a chart that says we’re all white admitting we’ve missed the mark?
Well, yeah. We’re posting it because if we didn’t, we’d still be an all-white team. If we wait until we’re “big enough” to foster change, we’re sitting on our hands. We believe that being transparent and open to advice starting today is more important than making up for shortsightedness later, when our team has doubled or tripled in size.
We’re vowing now, while our team is still small, to make our workplace welcoming and comfortable for all types of people from all walks of life and all different backgrounds.
We don’t see this as a number tally (e.g. “If we have X amount of BIPOC on staff, we’re good”). We want our workplace to be an environment where anyone and everyone has autonomy—where everyone feels empowered to speak their mind, share their ideas, and create their best work. We want all types of people to want to join us.
We’re actively looking for more ways to get rid of our blind spots, and to make Mediocre the best workplace it can be, for everyone. We’ll continue to share our initiatives over time, here’s an overview from the past few months:
We will always need to improve. We are hungry for constructive feedback and advice. Comment or DM. Send us an email. This conversation is far bigger than us, but we want to be a part of it.
—The Mediocre Team