How You Can Drive Forward with Diversity

Companies have had to rethink, update, and revamp their diversity and inclusion initiatives. Diversity and inclusion are known to drive company growth. McKinsey’s research1 shows that gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their peers and ethnically-diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform.

High levels of diversity and inclusion in the workplace correlate with greater productivity, innovation, performance, and employee well-being. Companies and workers can be missing out on the potential benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Here are three easy things to support diversity and inclusion at your company.

1. Use Inclusive Language

Language is essential for creating a company culture where everyone feels welcome and included. Create an inclusive language guide for your company and use it to open a discussion about the affirmative and negative words and phrases related to workplace diversity and inclusion. Upgrade your word choices with more inclusive language. For example, instead of using “normal,” use “typical,” instead of saying “ladies and gentlemen,” use “everyone.” Inclusive language guides are available online.

2. CEO Statement

Have your CEO set an example for the rest of your employees to embrace workplace diversity and inclusion. Send an email from the CEO to the entire company and post the CEO statement on your company website. Here is how KPMG

Please see KPMG’s Chair and CEO’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.

Here is an excerpt:

“KPMG’s commitment to inclusion and diversity is a strategic imperative and crucial to our ability to address the challenges and capture the opportunities that matter most to our firm, our clients, and our communities.

We know that a diverse workforce benefits us all: inclusive, diverse teams produce more innovative ideas, increase creativity, and are more productive. In other words, when we draw strength from our differences, we’re better able to solve our clients’ toughest problems, and that’s at the heart of what we do.”

3. Hire for diversity

Workplace diversity starts with hiring; you find a diverse set of candidates and hire a diverse group of employees to commit to making real change in your organization. Here are a few tips to help you hire for diversity:

  • Highlight diversity in your open position ads
  • Implement blind screening of résumés
  • Require your recruiters to avoid biases
  • Proactively seek out candidates from outside your traditional pipelines by posting on job boards and partnering with organizations that promote equitable hiring. For example, check out Code2040. They focus on training black and Latino programmers. An impressive number of organizations are available to help you find diverse candidates.

If you would like to learn about additional ways to promote diversity and inclusion in your company, reach out to Soteria HR today.


Sources:

  1. https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/diversity-and-inclusion/diversity-wins-how-inclusion-matters
  2. https://nasaa-arts.org/nasaa_research/inclusive-language-guide/
  3. https://www.kpmg.us/about/diversity-equity-inclusion/chairmans-statement-on-diversity.html

Additional sources:

Cana Tighe