Diversity and inclusion efforts are not separate from other sound employment practices, a commitment to diverse hiring is just one component. For diversity practices to be meaningful, employers must also create an inclusive work culture. An open and inclusive workplace culture in which everyone feels respected, valued and safe offers a number of social and economic benefits. Employee retention and engagement, productivity, increased market share and access to a wider talent pipeline are just some of the benefits of an inclusive workplace.
Race, ethnicity, disability and sex are common factors in diversity initiatives, but it is also important to consider sexual orientation, gender identity, and age when striving towards inclusion because they are often overlooked. Incorporate a comprehensive definition of diversity that applies to all hiring practices, including student work placement programs. Include your commitment to diversity and inclusion in all employee materials, job postings and policies. It’s also important to get senior leaders involved in workplace inclusion initiatives and commit to eliminating barriers.
Ceridian outlines six ways to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Read the full article here:
- Be aware of unconscious bias
- Communicate the importance of managing bias
- Offer diversity and inclusion training
- Acknowledge holidays of all cultures
- Make it easy for employees to participate in resource groups
- Mix up your teams