"Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things."
- Claudia Brind-Woody
steps to promote diversity in the workplace
identify implicit biases
Everyone has implicit biases. In order to move forward with a culture of acceptance, and zero tolerance for discrimination, it is vital, to first identify implicit biases within the company leadership, to set a precedent for the company's culture.
Evaluate your team's implicit biases, by taking the tests below
evaluate your policies
Are your company's policies inclusive? Are there steps in place to ensure equality in regards to the hiring, pay, training, education, etc.? If your policies do not promote and protect equality in the workplace, then there is an opportunity for growth. Companies need to ensure not only equality, but value for each member of their team.
language & indirect discrimination
How you word things, and phrases used throughout the office, can directly, or indirectly discriminate against certain groups. Phrases such as "clean cut" can discriminate against people who wear their hair certain ways for cultural or religious reasons. There should also be a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate jokes or behavior within the business.
proactive training & education
The fight for diversity and equality within the workplace doesn't have an end date. Due to the continual changes within the country, and world, there will always be opportunities for improvement. It is important that training and company evaluation happens on a regular basis to ensure continual equal opportunities.