5 Ways to Improve Your Organisation's Diversity and Inclusion in 2022

Those days of a single gendered, minimally diverse and same social class workforce are gone. 

Everyone should have the equal opportunity to thrive in their working environment. 

That's where diversity and inclusion comes in. 

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are no longer optional – they are a pre-requisite for any organisation that wants to thrive.

The growing numbers of millennials in the workplace has made the topic more important than ever. As the most diverse generation in the workplace, millennials are forcing organisations to rethink how diversity affects the workplace as well as their business efforts.

But, What Does Diversity and Inclusion Actually Mean?

Diversity and inclusion are two concepts, but they are often combined for maximum impact and meaning. The diverse part means a workforce that is made up of a variety of ages, races, genders or social backgrounds, and inclusion is where those employees feel valued and accepted throughout the wider organisation. 

The concept of diversity and inclusion relies on supporting all employees equally and allowing for equal opportunities no matter their background, experience and circumstances. 

Even after you've put time and effort into building a diverse and multitalented workforce, you can't stop there. You have to go beyond the formally required policies and ask questions like – who are we placing in leadership positions? Are we giving all our employees an equal opportunity to be heard?

How are we actually influenced by an organisation's culture?

Why is Diversity and Inclusion Important in Every Organisation? 

You might think developing a diverse and inclusive workforce is just a nice, good thing to do. You're not wrong, but it's much more than that. 

Creating an accepting, inclusive and educated culture is not only important to reduce the chances of discrimination, it will also allow all your employees to feel welcome, safe and valued.

There’s bundles of evidence to show that if someone feels happy and secure at work, they’re more likely to stick around for longer and perform better in their role.

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Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion on Your Organisation

  1. Improved employee productivity and morale
  2. Greater staff retention
  3. Competitiveness by attracting the best talent in the market
  4. Greater innovation and creativity: The Harvard Business Review from 2018 discovered that organisations with higher-than-average diversity had 19% higher innovation revenues. 
  5. Increase and driver for financial performance across teams

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5 Ways to Improve Your Organisation's Diversity and Inclusion in 2022

1. Evaluate your leadership and management team

Does your leadership and management team portray equality and diversity? Are men and women equally represented? Does your team consist of those with various ethnic and social backgrounds? The makeup of your team and senior staff tells employees a lot about your organisational culture. Take the Fortune 500 list for example, there was a new record of 41 female CEOs in 2021 but even among this section of the list, there is still a large gap in diversity. There's still a long way to go for it to be anywhere near equal.

2. Make sure your antidiscrimination policies are strong and clear to all

Antidiscrimination policies are no longer just a HR compliance requirement. Having a well researched and crafted policy that clearly lays out the organisation's values shows employees that this matter is taken seriously. However, a percentage of organisations fail to follow their own antidiscrimination policy when these matters occur.

3. Ensure your culture welcomes all voices

Humans are not working robots. We all have individual thoughts, feelings, cultures and approaches to everyday things which depends on our upbringing and experiences. If employees feel like they are not appreciated or valued, they're more likely to quit and find another organisation that appreciates who they are and what they bring. Give your employees an opportunity to express themselves and their culture. Employees feel safe when they can voice their concerns and opinions without fear. This is what all organisation should aim for. 

4. Build a multigenerational workforce

For the first time ever, we have 5 different generations working in one workforce. Everyone no matter their age, gender or ethnicity should be heard. It's important to know how to manage and engage the different generations in your workforce, as this can increase productivity and help you to reach a variety of age ranges. Ensure that you have a strong communications strategy so that all employees, no matter their generation or experiences, can collaborate and communicate with ease and efficiency. 

5. Eliminate unconscious bias when giving promotions

Many organisations claim the removal of bias when making promotions and managerial decisions, but when you analyse the data, this is often not the case. Tracking promotions and feedback evaluations can identify areas where biases may exist. Aim to set diversity goals as an organisation as a whole to help track the progress. 

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