After the events of the last year, diversity, equity and inclusion (or DE&I) has taken on a renewed importance in the business world. So, how can your company address, improve and expand its efforts? To effectively bring a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy into your organization you’ll need to use a combination of these three strategies.
Start at the Top
Many companies launch their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives by hiring a point person such as a DE&I manager. Although these seems like a smart idea, in isolation, it doesn’t work. For a program to be successful, everyone from the CEO to the newest hire must embrace the ideals. And this commitment should begin at the top. Certainly, a DE&I manager can guide the process. Yet ultimately, you need upper-level executives to endorse, promote and demonstrate appropriate behaviors so everyone else follows their lead.
Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is a necessary and conscious effort all organizations need to make. Where does your company stand? Many businesses aren’t sure how to answer this question. After all, it may bring up some uncomfortable truths. Nevertheless, it’s extremely important to evaluate your current situation. What are you values? What practices led to the status quo? What should be changed? Once you know where you are, you can figure out where you’d like to be. Being aware of your strengths, weaknesses and hoped-for outcomes will move your diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the right direction. Also, keep in mind, this process is a major organizational development task, and you never cross the finish line. There’s always room for improvement.
Design Meaningful Programs
Of course, knowing what you hope to achieve is not enough. Now you must figure out how to get there. Strong leadership is part of the equation, but you need a plan too. Training is a wonderful place to begin. However, yearly or even monthly sessions, won’t be sufficient. Diversity, equity and inclusion should be an ever-present conversation and a continual process. You may decide to revise your hiring process, reconsider company traditions, and/or restructure working spaces. In addition, gathering regular feedback from your team will allow you to continue to make positive progress. Finally, remember to set aside funding. You’ll want to have readily available resources to support your ongoing initiatives.
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