Promoting diversity and inclusiveness is one of the best ways to foster and incorporate a global, open-minded culture at your organization. This helps the company understand the customers, clients and colleagues better while transforming the workplace into an environment where learning is valued the most. In fact, according to statistics, 69% of executives believe that by including people from all backgrounds it will lead to positive and strong performances.
With the world around us changing everyday it’s very easy to interact with people from the other side of the globe. It has become very simple to hire employees from another continent without them having to even walk in your office for the interview or hiring process.
However, there are companies that don’t practice or showcase this. A total of 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed in 2018, with $398 million in lawsuit payouts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
To create an impact, you need a diverse team to help make better decisions and reach the goals. Here we have listed a few strategies that can be implemented.
It is very easy to follow the different stereotypes that prevent us from hiring intelligent employees with great skills and experience. Unfortunately, it is common for companies to not hire minority representatives or women for executive positions. It’s important to re-format the hiring process now and stop making decisions based on these stereotypes.
To raise awareness amongst other employees, training sessions should be conducted to cut down on such behaviour. Providing real life scenarios and examples of how people such as minorities and women are discriminated will help paint a better picture. It also helps to show other employees that diversity at the workplace boost profits and revenues by inviting unique ideas and skills that are aligned with the organization’s goals and objectives.
Working mothers, for example, will need more flexibility in their work hours. Many managers tend to believe that money is the only motivator but fail to acknowledge that other factors also come into play with regards to flexibility. Establishing one-on-one meetings with the HR team and different employees will help create an open communication channel and an aspect of trust.
One of the easiest and fun ways to include everyone is to celebrate different festivals and cultures. A culturally diverse holiday calendar at office will help everyone about different cultural traditions. From celebrating Eid to Christmas, it is wonderful to create different levels of team-building and intimacy between the co-workers. A small gesture can come a long way.