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Client news

06/02/2023

Diversity and inclusion are two words that are thrown around a lot in corporate settings, but what do they really mean? Simply put, diversity refers to the representation of different groups within a workplace, while inclusion is about creating an environment where everyone feels valued, and respected and has equal opportunities to succeed.

While having a diverse workplace is a great start, it’s not enough to just check the box. Companies need to actively work towards creating an inclusive culture if they want to truly reap the benefits of diversity. Here are some tips for making that happen:

Lead from the top

Inclusion starts with leadership. If the company’s top leaders are committed to creating an inclusive culture, it will filter down to the rest of the organization. Make sure leaders are setting the tone, engaging in conversations, and making diversity and inclusion a priority.

Foster open and honest communication

Encourage employees to have open and honest conversations about their experiences, perspectives and ideas. This will create a safe and inclusive environment where everyone feels heard and valued.

Provide diversity and inclusion training

Invest in training programs that educate employees on the importance of diversity and inclusion, and how to create an inclusive work environment.

Encourage employee resource groups

Employee resource groups (ERGs) are groups of employees who share similar backgrounds, experiences, or interests. Encourage the formation of ERGs to create a sense of community and provide support for diverse employees.

Monitor and evaluate progress

Continuously monitor and evaluate the company’s progress toward creating an inclusive culture. This includes regularly surveying employees, gathering feedback, and measuring the success of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

In conclusion, diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords, they are crucial for a successful and thriving workplace. By committing to creating an inclusive culture and implementing the above tips, companies can truly turn diversity into inclusion and reap the benefits of a diverse workforce.