CDW continues its journey of belonging and working towards a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. This week, we're highlighting the unique perspectives of Jonathan Malloy (he/him/his).
Hi, my name is Jonathan Malloy and I work at will-call in Vernon Hills at CDW. I'm a passionate, gay extrovert who wears his heart on his sleeve.
For me to be my full, authentic self at work, I need to know that my coworkers aren't afraid to be seen talking to me because I am out and proud and I wear it out and proud. I need to know that they're not ashamed to be talking to me, and not scared to be associated or assumed to be gay because they are talking to me.
When I'm able to bring my full, authentic self to work, it's like a giant chunk of stress just gets lifted off my shoulders and I'm able to just do the work. I can do it efficiently without having to worry about little nonsensical things that don't matter. It makes life so much easier.
Belonging matters because a lot of the time, it gives us a feeling of self-worth and self-importance. It makes us feel like we're part of the inside. As people, we naturally go to an “us” or “them” type of feeling; it's an inside or an outside of the crowd. And that sense of belonging makes you feel like you are part of the in-crowd.
For me, the value that most resonates is “We make things happen.” I am not someone who stands by the sideline when I see something that I can help improve. I will try to change things for the better and get things done, however I can. Often this means reaching out to new people or putting in extra effort, but in the end working hard is worth it if it causes a ripple effect that benefits everyone.
Under normal conditions (aka no COVID) my out of office life is spontaneous. I am usually never sure what will be happening after work until the day of. Most often I am hanging out in Chicago, enjoying walks along the lakefront, walking through the neighborhoods, or occasionally even traveling around the country.
I love board games, tabletop games (like Dungeons and Dragons) and am a sucker for a good romantic comedy or dystopian drama. I love being around a great group of friends and hanging out, while talking about all kinds of topics from politics and philosophy to astrology to the latest TikTok trend. One thing is always consistent though: I always show my LGBTQ+ pride.
Always moving forward.
- Jonathan Malloy