Diversity in the workplace is a hot topic nowadays. But before companies start managing diversity in the workplace, they have to know what diversity is. Diversity is anything that makes people different from one another. Diversity includes a myriad of factors – who we are, what we do, believe, where we come from, how we talk or do things.
Diversity in the workplace is powerful. Companies that understand and embrace diversity in the workplace outperform others. Job seekers consider workplace diversity an important factor while they job hunt.
Now that we know what diversity is, the next step is how to get it right in the workplace. For that, read on.
1. Put diversity policies in writing
It is important to include diversity policies in the employee handbook. The personnel policies around this subject should be well documented. What is the company’s policy toward diversity in the workplace? What is the strategic plan? What are the aspirations, outcomes, key groups in a given timeline? Make sure you draw a communication plan which should detail non-discriminatory communication. Diversity in the workplace policies should moreover include documentation about hiring, compensation and benefits till termination. An annual calendar of diversity events in order to celebrate, promote and raise awareness of diversity in the workplace should be communicated and promoted.
2. Invest in leadership sensitivity training
Leaders at all levels must be a top-down champion, and a role model for diversity in the workplace. Diversity in the workplace is a day-to-day effort, and it must be treated as such by the company’s leadership.
Some leaders might be reluctant to understand and promote diversity in the workplace. Increase awareness in the workplace through training might be a good investment. However, this sensitivity training should be offered to all employees. Think of this training as a prevention before issues of diversity matters in the workplace will occur.
Diversity in the workplace is a responsibility across the entire company to try and get it right.
3. Inclusive Workplace
Diversity in the workplace without inclusion is inefficient. All employees should feel that they are part of the company no matter how diverse they are. It is the responsibility of a company to remove all barriers and embrace all employees irrespective of their abilities or disabilities. They are all valuable members of the company. Promote a work culture that welcomes all. When the employees feel they cannot be themselves at work because they feel unsure or unsafe, it will affect their motivation and engagement. Make employees feel essential to the success of the company.
Diversity in the workplace is all about empowering employees by respecting and embracing what makes them different in all the ways. It means appreciating and understanding one another by truly embracing the differences.
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