Equitable opportunities and DE&I policies to foster a better organizational culture

Fostering an inclusive workplace is key to driving innovation and productivity in an organization. The past two years, driven by the pandemic, have been a turning point for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. Moving forward, it is crucial to address the systemic challenges faced by employees of distinct groups and to ensure that DE&I policies are reviewed to propel organizational change at the fundamental level. A strategic diversity and inclusion plan will ensure employees have equal opportunity to advance their careers.

According to a recent D&I survey conducted by the India Diversity Forum, 76% of companies agreed that adopting D&I has led to business improvement and has a positive impact on company performance and reputation. the company. Talented people with diverse experiences and perspectives working together can innovate more and achieve better business results. However, according to a report, biases related to disability status and gender and sexual orientation dominate Indian workplaces, followed by age and marital status and religion, caste and of ethnic origin. Therefore, assessing the experience of different groups in a company is imperative to creating a more equitable workplace.

People analysis to assess and evaluate the current situation

People analytics is a driving force in influencing change by assessing, tracking and benchmarking current employee diversity data against industry benchmarks. Artificial intelligence and predictive intelligence are critical tools that can help identify and welcome potential recruits with the right skills and from underserved backgrounds into talent pools. Organizations are adopting technologies that can analyze hiring managers’ interviews to identify the use of biased language and devise strategies for a fair hiring process. Then there’s the chatbot which is a Slack bot for workplace inclusion that sends out D&I surveys asking employees to weigh in on inclusion and company culture Strategies. The results of this data can be shared with employees to remain transparent and not restrict the data to specific groups or senior management. Employers can then focus on measurable goals and future commitments based on the analysis. Quantifying goals will ensure that the company’s DE&I initiatives are measurable, targeted and effective. This approach can help identify strategy blind spots to make better decisions.

Leadership to lead by example to drive change

Transparency and accountability are key to maintaining the commitment to diversity and inclusion. Senior management and leaders are responsible for driving these initiatives and maintaining employee morale. To implement real and measurable change, leaders must focus on DE&I initiatives and programs to invest, act and make decisions to acquire new diverse employees and build equity with talent within the organization. ‘organization. Every functional leader in the organization should be accountable for achieving DE&I results in their part of the business, from hiring and promotions to employee engagement.

Retain a diverse workforce

A recent consumer study based on 2,266 respondents in India said that 72% of working women reject work roles that don’t allow for flexible working. By comparison, 70% have quit or considered quitting their job due to a lack of good flexible policies. Retaining a diverse workforce is essential, and companies should prioritize and embed company culture initiatives to ensure employees feel supported. Providing extended support to existing employees through mentoring programs, personal development initiatives, D&I counseling, and other ongoing initiatives will help retain those employees. Demonstrating a strong commitment to people will reap strong results for any organization.

In summary

Instilling a sense of belonging in employees is crucial in today’s work culture, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day. Organizations that listen to employees and create an environment of transparency and openness will prove more successful in the future. A simple effort to add their pronouns on LinkedIn, Outlook, MS Teams or Zoom can help promote inclusivity for people with diverse identities and backgrounds and set the tone that inclusion is an important organizational principle. . Ultimately, we must always remember that people are at the heart of this subject. If we help people develop empathy for those who are somehow unlike them, we can dismantle many workplace biases to cultivate a more representative workforce, equal and efficient for the future.



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Aubrey L. Morgan