Inclusive Workplace: 5 Easy Tips for Welcoming Diversity in Your Organization
True inclusion does not stop at labels. It builds on commonalities instead of differences. This article shares 5 easy tips to welcome diversity in your organization.
June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022
Creating an inclusive workplace is essential for businesses in today's society. With a war for talent and an ever more diverse workforce, it is important to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. In addition, the business case for diversity becomes ever more evident in a global economy and increasing buyers power.
Next to complex strategic initiatives, there are many ways to make your office a more inclusive place that are surprisingly simple. Having studied how different approaches work in different companies and their respective cultures with Mentessa for the past three years, we have collected a list of tips that any organization can use to foster a more welcoming and productive work environment for all employees!
Tip 1: Offer DEI Training
One way to make your workplace more inclusive is to provide training for all employees on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This is the first step for anyone to understand the importance of inclusion and the barriers to it in the everyday life.
Offering workforce training is historically associated with high cost and high effort. However, DEI training does not necessarily need to be customized to the company's mission or objectives. There are tons of great online courses publicly available online - for free, for a one-time fee, or for less than 100 USD in subscription to start with.
So aim to create opportunities for socializing in the workplace, like team lunches or coffee breaks. You could also host after-work events where employees can mingle in a relaxed setting.
Tip 4: Launch a peer-to-peer network
A great way to build inclusion in the workplace is to launch a peer-to-peer network. This can be an online platform where employees can connect with each other, exchange ideas, and collaborate on projects.
Peer-to-peer networks promote inclusion by giving everyone a voice. They also make it easy for people to find others with the same challenges and overcome those quicker together.
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Tip 5: Offer mentoring for diverse talent
Mentoring is a great way to support the development of diverse talent in your workplace. It can help employees from different backgrounds feel like they have someone to look up to and learn from.
If you don't have the budget for a formal mentoring program, there are still plenty of ways to encourage mentorship within your organization:
Host a matching lunch in the canteen or on Zoom
Invite managers to match new hires with a mentor for onboarding
Make informal mentorship already taking place visible to raise interest
Inclusion is a process.
All in all, starting your organization's journey does not need to be complicated. The best way to start it is to make the first step, try all of the above, and take it from there.
But it is also good for business. A study by McKinsey found that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. So, there's no time to waste - start making your workplace more inclusive today!