If you have ever worked at a large corporation, you may remember a segment about diversity during your orientation. Most companies allude to diversity in their mission statements, but what good are these without policies to support them? Employers throw the word “diversity” around often, yet many struggle with implementing a diverse workforce and an inclusive company culture.
A diverse workplace is one that includes and is welcoming to employees from all walks of life. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from being discriminated against due to their sex, national origin, race, religion, age, or disability. For a workforce to truly be inclusive, it must be a place where typically marginalized employees can feel comfortable being themselves. If you are concerned about non-inclusive practices at work, these simple suggestions can lead any workplace toward greater diversity, without the need to invest in additional resources.
Recognize the Importance of Diversity
Before your organization can become more inclusive, it helps to understand that diversity goes beyond hiring people of different races, and that there is more to being diverse and inclusive than meeting a certain percentage of workers who are of any particular race. A strong, diverse workforce is a huge asset to any company. Having a dynamic team that incorporates different backgrounds and cultures ensures you can work together toward developing better solutions for your customers or clients. For best results, it is ideal to have a workforce that reflects your customer base.
Explore New Recruitment Strategies
To hire a diverse group of people, your employer should employ a diverse blend of recruitment strategies. Perhaps your employer routinely posts ads on major job hunting sites. What if the person in charge of recruiting for your company also expanded to recruiting from college campuses or specialized industry organizations? If you are working in tech, perhaps the person in charge of hiring practices reaches out to a local networking organization that focuses on uniting women in tech. It is no secret that women are strikingly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries. In addition, how many of your coworkers are veterans? There are specialized job boards just for them on which your employer may consider posting an ad.
Inclusive Company Policies
If no one is in charge of holding people accountable for implementing and sticking to strategies geared toward increasing diversity and inclusion, any initial efforts to do so will fizzle out, likely before any noticeable improvements are made. To show a true commitment to diversity, your employer should execute inclusive policies that everyone must abide by. In addition, specific managers should be held accountable if no progress is made.
If you believe your workplace may be engaging in discriminatory practices, or you are an employer seeking to improve human relations, the compassionate and experienced attorneys at Bertini Law can help. We have a stellar reputation for standing up for the rights of workers while simultaneously enabling a myriad of corporations enact better policies that lead to a more positive and productive environment. Contact Lisa Bertini by calling (757) 222-9165 or click here to send us a private message.