Starting from the top
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe policies and programs that promote the representation and participation of different groups of individuals.
Does your executive team exhibit diversity?
The makeup of your leadership team indirectly displays your company’s values to your workforce, customers, partners, and investors. The top management of your organization says a lot about your culture, whether you mean to or not. It is critical to have a diverse team at the top, including diversity in gender, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and beyond.
A great place to start is reflecting on whether or not men and women are equally represented or if you have leaders with different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.
When seeking to fill an opening at your company with new talent, take things one step further and put your listing on a job board that specializes in diversity.
University job boards for HBCUs and other minority organizations are great places to begin.
Remember to also include job boards that specialize in disabilities and gender equality as well.
Get clear on your messaging
A new hire is likely to thoroughly comb through your website, so make sure that your careers page and about pages clearly state your mission, vision and values, as well as your commitment to diversity.
Clearly listing your current diversity plans and initiatives is a sure way to make new talent feel comfortable and have a greater desire to work for you. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you list this concisely on each of your job listings.
Creating a more diverse workplace doesn’t have to be perfect, but it’s better to get started than wait for your strategy to be picture-perfect. Effort goes a long way.
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