“Diversity is about representation. Inclusion is about how well the contributions, presence and perspectives of different groups are valued and integrated into an environment.”
How does your place of work stand up for diversity and inclusion?
69% of senior leaders reported Diversity as an important issue
Creating an inclusive working environment is important to ensure all employees – despite their sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, social class, religion, or age – feel accepted as an individual and able to maximise their potential.
Did you know: (Source: Druthers Search)
- Only 19.7% of employees on company or organisational boards are women
- Every year, Black men with the same job and qualifications as their White peers earn salaries that are £1,500 less
- 29.8% of LGBTQ+ employees reported experiencing at least one form of employment discrimination
This blog will outline key topics that should be at the forefront of employers’ minds – and will provide your business or workplace with ideas and strategies to ensure a diverse and inclusive environment and business plan.
- Awareness of unconscious bias
- Communication & open dialogue
- Developing a training plan
- DE&I Strategy
Awareness of Unconscious Bias
Being an inclusive workplace starts with being aware of unconscious bias in the workplace and eliminating it.
It’s important to educate employees on the types of unconscious bias and the consequences that can come from this.
5 types of unconscious bias in the workplace: (Source: The HR Source)
- Affinity Bias
Favouring people who are similar to us, who we connect to
- Halo Effect
Focusing on one great attribute of someone, rather than the whole picture
- Horns Effect
The opposite; being influenced by a negative trait in your perception of someone
- Attribution Bias
Assessing others’ achievements as a result of luck, and failing as a result of their personality
- Confirmation Bias
The tendency to search for and focus on preconceived opinions (and judgement)
Awareness of bias is key to ensuring that a) hiring is unbiased, and b) the general office culture and environment is inclusive and open to diversity.
Educating employees on racism, diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias can prevent and target bias in the workplace.
Communication & Open Dialogue
Encourage a culture of ‘checking in’, with frequent communication and dialogue with all employees to ensure their needs are met and their experience is positive.
Create an environment where teams feel comfortable expressing opinions and experiences, and opening the dialogue around diversity in the office.
The workplace should be a safe space, and embody a culture where every single voice is not only heard – but welcomed and respected.
Organisations that have seen results, in terms of diversity and inclusion, have implemented a training plan of some sort.
The simple steps to create a diversity training plan:
- Conduct an internal census
- Review and identify areas of concern
- Create or source training content
- Measure and share the results
Part of creating an inclusive workplace, and improving employee engagement and retention, could also include developing a Mental Health training plan.
1 in 4 of us will experience a Mental Health problem each year. But do your employees know how to reach out for support?
A recent study, by Stonewall, found that:
- 1/2 of LGBTIQ+ people had experienced depression
- 3/5 had experienced anxiety
- 1/8 aged 18-24 had attempted to end their life
- Almost 1/2 of trans people had thought about taking their life
Some of your team, especially management, should be Mental Health First Aid trained in order to provide that support when needed! Or prevent situations from escalating.
We have access to some very strong mental health trainers and diversity/inclusivity advocates. So, if anyone would like a recommendation, get in touch with us!
Diversity isn’t just a novelty – it needs to be implemented and retained consistently…
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Benefits of a Diverse & Inclusive workplace culture (CIPS):
- 94% greater creativity and innovation in my team
- 92% helps employees to reach their full potential
- 91% improved productivity in my team
- 92% a more attractive place to work for prospective candidates which increases access to skills from a wider talent pool
- 90% a more open and trusting place to work helping to improve staff retention