Healthcare workforce enablement solutions company recognized for leading diversity efforts for second consecutive year
Relias, the trusted education and workforce enablement partner to more than 11,000 healthcare and human service organizations, has been recognized as a 2023 Leader in Diversity by the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) for the second consecutive year. Relias also won the award in 2020.
The Leaders in Diversity Awards program, now in its 11th year, is designed to recognize the accomplishments of Triangle businesses, individuals, and nonprofits as they come together to weave a diverse foundational fabric into the heart of the local community.
“It’s no secret that anytime disparate voices and talents come together for a united purpose, everyone benefits — and so do the outcomes of that purpose,” said Kelli Slade, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Relias. “Relias’ mission of improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society and those who care for them is only made possible by the diversity of Relians who dedicate themselves to making it all happen. We’re honored to get this recognition once again as we continue to push ourselves year over year. We’re always focused on ways we can improve the inclusive culture we’ve established here. It isn’t always easy, but we’re committed to the journey.”
This year’s class features 23 winners – 13 individuals and 10 companies.
Winners of the award demonstrate respect for inclusive treatment of others, advocate for underrepresented groups, and practice multicultural marketing and represent various industries such as technology, life sciences, finance, and professional services.
“This year’s group of winners are at the front and center of changing their organization’s vision, values and principles — all along keeping diversity, inclusivity and equality in mind,” said Jason Christie, TBJ market president and publisher. “We’re glad to have created a forum to celebrate the achievements of these individuals and corporations.”
Relias works to continuously evolve its diversity, equity, and inclusion policies to ensure they meet the needs of everyone at every level of the company. In 2023, Relias expanded its Phase Back Policy to include all parents — birthing, non-birthing, fostering, and adopting. Relias first began offering the program in 2022 as an option for birthing parents following the end of Parental Leave. This allows parents a voluntary four-week plan to assist in transitioning back to full-time employment and is paid at 100%.
Also new in 2023, Relias leadership now has access to dashboards with departmental demographic data. Using data, Relias regularly analyzes leadership positions held by people of color and women, as well as equity across roles and promotion rates of these populations and shares this with business leaders to help drive change. This provides transparency surrounding organizational goals and encourages accountability. The 2023 data has demonstrated a positive trend year over year among people of color and women, as well as an upward trend of people of color in leadership positions for the past five years.
TBJ honored Relias and other winners of the award during an in-person lunch at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary on October 12. TBJ also profiled the winners in a special section published in the print edition on October 13.
Relias provides lifelong workforce enablement solutions for more than 11,000 healthcare and human services organizations and 4.5 million caregivers to drive measurable outcomes. Customers use Relias solutions to attract and retain talent, elevate care quality and reduce risk with our technology, services, community, and expertise. The Relias family of brands — Nurse.com, Wound Care Education Institute, Relias Academy, FreeCME, and Relias Media — serves the entire healthcare community and shares a common goal of improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society and those who care for them.