Top 5 Strategies for Promoting Diversity in the Workplace Tim Gentry
Why diversity strategies?
Workplace diversity is an important part of any company, and it can change the way you do business. Promoting diversity in the workplace leads to a creative and innovative environment where employees of all backgrounds can flourish. Here are a few ways you and other members of leadership in your company can create and promote a diverse work environment.
Forbes reveals that giving employees diversity training makes them â&#x20AC;&#x153;more aware of what constitutes a diverse workplace.â&#x20AC;? This allows everyone to understand their responsibility to foster a good office environment. Throughout diversity training, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to show each employee how they can strengthen the company.
Company Culture and Policy
Make sure you create company standards that line up with current equal opportunity laws set by the government. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come up with necessary policies, establish one team thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsible for implementation and familiarizing the entire office with the set procedures. Make it a goal for your company culture to reflect your workforce and overall company policy as well.
Scheduling team activities outside of work is an excellent strategy for building long-lasting office relationships between colleagues. Social and community involvements help employees get to know each other in a different way. Who knows, workers with the least in common at work might have the most in common outside of work.
Ensure that your work environment is not only diverse but also, disability inclusive. All levels of the organization should be included in this commitment to inclusivity. Companies can also be inclusive by providing all employees with what they need to do their jobs. According to EARN, this could mean providing â&#x20AC;&#x153;assistive technology, a flexible schedule, or numerous other reasonable accommodations or productivity enhancements.â&#x20AC;?
Communication Between Generations
For the first time, we have multiple generations (over 4) in the workplace; this includes baby boomers, as well as generations X, Y, and Z. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to management to lead all generations in the office in open communication through the technology available at work. Encourage different age ranges in the office to interact with each other and learn how to work together in new ways.
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TIM GENTRY Lifelong Learner Tim Gentry is a passionate professional currently working towards his Doctoral degree in business administration.
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