Create a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity is a business necessity and has been a hot topic for the last few years, with good reason. People bring different skill sets, thoughts, knowledge, and processes to the table, which can be invaluable; this creates the opportunity for insightful debates, ideas, and in the end better business decisions. There have been various studies in the past decade that show a correlation between diversity and innovation, creativity, problem solving, and overall business growth. With results like these it's unsurprising that a movement of sorts has been started to make sure companies are hiring across different boards. What's important not to forget is that diversity is not a stand alone topic, but often couples with the word "inclusion." So, even after a company hires a diverse candidate their job isn't done.
Building an inclusive company culture is something that every company has the power to do. It isn’t enough to hire diverse candidates and forget about them. Employees need to be respected and have a sense of belonging, or they might leave that company for another one; no one wants to feel unappreciated and like they can't be their true selves. Successful companies often have internal programs and resources that were created after listening to employees and understanding what’s important to them. This helps create a supportive and close-knit community where employees feel safe and comfortable in.
A Deloitte University Press article has these suggestions on how to build an inclusive workplace:
1. Inclusion starts at the top, so encourage leaders to honor individuals' opinions and promote constructive debate.
2. Bring diversity and inclusion to all leadership pipelines and programs: leadership development programs, talent acquisition programs, and more.
3. Develop a diversity and inclusion scorecard and measure the business impact.
4. Appoint resources in different departments to ensure policies are being followed and voices can be heard.
Businesses rely on people, so it makes sense to empower, support, and include them in the workplace.