Study after study finds that the more diverse the perspectives at work, the more profitable a company is. This includes every type of diversity: ethnic, religious, and gender diversity. Here are a few tips to create a culture that welcomes all.
Assess Where You Are
First up, you must take an honest look at where you are right now. Most offices that aren’t inclusive didn’t set out to hire mostly men, minimal ethnic diversity, or to create an environment where members of the LGBTQ+ community felt like they need to remain in the closet at work. Have your HR team perform an assessment, or hire an outside HR firm to ensure an unbiased assessment.
Create An Inclusion Strategy
Now that you have a starting point, it’s time to create a strategy. Your strategy will include a variety of tactics such as:
- Amending your Mission, Vision, or Values to express your goal of diversity, authenticity, and inclusion
- Updating your employee training program and employee handbook to reflect your new values
- Training your executives and management on the benefits of diversity and inclusion, as well as sensitivity training
- Reassessing your hiring practices to ensure more inclusive outreach
- Participating in community programs that support diversity and inclusion
- Creating an internal mentorship program for support and internal promotion
- Create a mentorship or internship program for diverse community members
- Ensure your marketing features a diverse range of models to ensure diverse clients feel welcome
Embrace Open Lines Of Communication
It’s not enough to have “diverse” people on your payroll or sitting in your boardroom, everyone must have a voice. The reason why companies who support inclusion are more profitable is that they empower their team to share a diverse range of perspectives. This ensures your products and services better serve your clients, and often introduces your company to demographics you’ve yet to target. To achieve these results you need to implement, embrace, and celebrate open lines of communication. Everyone in your office should be able to share and express their opinion without repercussions.
Finally, implement a system of checks and balances to monitor and measure your new inclusion policy. The world is a more beautiful place when we all live and work together!