Creating an inclusive company culture recognizes that workforce diversity is a goal for plenty of companies to boost their reputation being a socially-responsible business. Workplace diversity encompasses recognizing staff from various different orientations and backgrounds such as race, genders, ages, ethnicity, religions, and physical ability.
A genuinely diverse workforce benefits from a variety of different ideas and perspectives, more creativity and innovation, different types of problem-solving /decision-making skills, increased levels of employee engagement, higher morale, the ability to attract and retain top talents, and boost productivity ensuring higher profits. Experts found that diverse teams making business decisions out-performed individual decision-makers by 87% and those inclusive companies are 1.7 times more likely to be leaders in industry innovation.
Educate Managers on the Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace
Relationships between managers and employees are critical. Most people quit their jobs due to differences with their managers. Never assume that managers understand the nuances of workplace diversity, or that they can hire and manage a diverse set of employees. Empower them with necessary skills to create and sustain a diverse team. Scheduling in cultural and sensitivity training is a necessary first step. Assess reporting lines and staff feedback mechanisms to ensure reliable communication channels between managers and their direct reports. Where workplace diversity is celebrated, and management empowered with appropriate resources, the workforce potential becomes unlimited. Preferably promote from within your team of managers to reflect your company’s core values that celebrate diversity.
Communicate Clearly and Create Employee-Led Task Forces
Creating diversity policies is not enough as implementation is very necessary to ensure that these initiatives are effective. Policies must reflect the organization’s unique needs. Employees must be comfortable coming to their managers with all concerns, especially about treatment in the company due to gender, age, ethnicity, or other factors. Managers should be confident in internal communications with employees by avoiding assumptions and using inclusive language. This is essential for managers to open respectful communication channels internally. Regularly seek feedback from the workforce and create dedicated task forces with people from every department for staff recruitment and training. This ensures transparency, ownership and buy-in from the entire team. Understanding that not everybody feels confident speaking through the usual internal communication channels, task forces could assist on-going efforts to strengthen employee engagement and inclusive workplace culture. Give employees news about diversity initiatives.
Create Inclusive Workplace Policies
As you try to become a more diverse organization, review your current practices, and comprehensively evaluate your workplace. Encouraging workplace diversity may create new policies or amend existing ones system-wide, in recruitment, performance evaluations and promotions. While posting about job openings and position descriptions will be customized to reach bigger audiences by posting position descriptions and sending recruitment specialists to various outreach programs, job fairs, and community hiring offices. Inclusive strategies supporting diversity in the workplace include: Allowing employees to take off work for religious holidays not officially observed by the company. Offer on-site day-care. Review the office layout to ensure an inclusive facility, including availability of ungendered restrooms. Extend options for flexi work hours. Use mobile workforce apps with translation features enabling employees to communicate in preferred languages. Ensure your company is an equal opportunity employer (EEO) approved by the Federal EEOC, by meeting standards to seek immediate approval.