Lunar New Year, often referred to as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Asian community. Starting February 1 and lasting 15 days, this year’s celebrations honor the year of the tiger – one of 12 symbols in the Chinese Zodiac. The tiger is a symbol of power and prestige in many Asian cultures and those born this year are said to be brave, ambitious, enthusiastic, forceful, and powerful. Recognizing cultural traditions creates a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming to all. Northwell Bridges BERGs were established with this in mind, to foster an environment where all team members feel a sense of belonging.
Asian Bridges BERG co-chair and claims management counsel, Janet H. Shin, Esq., shared, “It’s no surprise to me that Northwell has been recognized as a Best Health System for Diversity by DiversityInc. I believe that having the Asian Bridges BERG, and other Bridges BERGs, available to all employees, gives Northwell team members a sense of pride and a feeling of acceptance within a richly diverse community.”
This year, the Asian Bridges BERG will be at sites across the health system where volunteers will hand employees red envelopes (a lucky color according to Asian customs) filled with tiger embossed, gold chocolate coins. Accompanying the chocolate will also be a decorative insert wishing employees a Happy Lunar New Year, good health, good luck, and an abundance of happiness throughout the year. Janet is also excited about the BERG’s week-long giveaway, giving employees a chance to win Lunar New Year gift baskets and Northwell swag. “Lunar New Year is about prosperity, longevity, and unity,” Janet adds, “and these are themes that align with the work culture at Northwell.”
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