4 tips to help your company encourage more diversity and inclusion
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4 tips to help your company encourage more diversity and inclusion

20 Sep 2019205 Views

How can you encourage more diversity and inclusion in your organisation as we head into the future of work? Check out this infographic for tips.

Future of Work Week

The future of work will certainly be shaped by new and evolving technologies, but it’s crucial we don’t forget about the other elements of a business that we need to focus on – people.

Diversity and inclusion are quickly becoming an important consideration for any company fully embracing the future of work. For client or customer-facing organisations, this is now more critical than ever, as highlighted by an Edelman report, which found that 60pc of consumers want brands to make their values and positions on important issues clear.

Why diversity is vital

For example, a major social topic at the moment is how companies demonstrate their support for LGBTQ workers.

With certain brands actively promoting support for the community seeing a boost to their metrics, it’s clear that consumers are responding positively to employers that are seen to be more progressive and embracing diversity.

In terms of jobseekers from ethnic minority backgrounds, more than a quarter of workers said in a recent survey that they consistently feel anxious at work because of their ethnicity, and almost one in five of all workers believe that colleagues of an ethnic minority have had career progression damaged in their current company because of their ethnicity.

Thus, employers need to find away to encourage more diversity in their organisations, and find a way to make people from all backgrounds feel included.

How to cultivate diversity 

  1. Ensure you have a diverse pool of candidates when interviewing for positions at your organisation
  2. Encourage conversations around diversity and look for ways to address a lack of diversity in your company
  3. Work towards creating a workplace culture where people from all backgrounds feel comfortable and safe
  4. Look for ways to partner with other companies that are known for diverse leadership

Encouraging more diversity and inclusion isn’t a means by which to attract more talent, though it does appear to help with that. Most importantly, it’s a social responsibility that any modern workplace should be striving for.

Check out the infographic from Instant Offices below to learn more about the global diversity landscape, and what measures you can take in your own company.

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By Lisa Ardill

Lisa joined the team as senior Careers reporter in July 2019 having worked previously in communications for a digital content technology research centre and in media for Science Foundation Ireland. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. In no particular order, her passions include feminism, human rights, literature, her bichon frise and proper use of the Oxford comma. She likes to both read and write poetry.

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