The importance of diversity and inclusion in the modern workplace has been proven time and time again. McKinsey’s Delivering Through Diversity Report found that gender and ethnic diversity directly correlate to profitability. Another study of over 350 Fortune 500 companies found a connection between corporate performance and gender diversity. So what can you do to make your company’s culture a more diverse and inclusive one, ultimately leading to more success? We recently caught up with Dr. Towanna Burrous of CoachDiversity to share three (3) strategies that will establish a culture of diversity and inclusion:
Create More Positive Connections
One of the biggest reasons people reject things that are different is because of fear. This does nothing to help inclusion in the workplace. Do everything you can to create positive connections between your employees. Truly celebrate when the team accomplishes something and call attention to the fact that they were able to come together. Seeing how the inclusiveness directly relates to results will erase any fear people may have had.
Make Everyone Feel Like They Belong (Because They Do!)
Just hiring a diverse group of people isn’t enough. Remember, it’s diversity AND inclusion. There needs to be a sense of belonging in your culture. People should not have to change who they are to fit in, so make sure you’re creating a space where people can be themselves. This is an ongoing process that might require various approaches, so consult others for best practices and see what adjustments can be made.
It Starts At The Top, But Doesn’t Stop There
Creating an inclusive culture is not solely the responsibility of human resources. In fact, it is not solely the responsibility of anyone’s. It is everyone’s responsibility to play a part in creating a culture of belonging. It starts with an understanding from leadership and continues through each employee across the organization.