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Creating an inclusive office environment often requires examples to be set and made.

LinkedIn Talent Solutions Video (2:53 minutes)

LinkedIn Talent Solutions customer and LinkedIn member voices on what diversity, inclusion and belonging means, and the importance of working together as a community to build more representative and inclusive teams at our workplaces.

 

Although diversity and inclusion strategies and tactics have been in place with some organizations for a long time, the question I am most frequently asked by diversity practitioners is, ” How can I help our leaders reflect their support of diversity and inclusion efforts?”

At company conferences, articles in internal newsletters, and other communication methods most often the CEO or other executive focuses on the need to attract the best talent with the intention of broadening their market penetration, or believing that it is the right thing to do. These messages are helpful but are rarely the words that motivate company employees to become more determined to create and sustain a diverse workforce. If logical business rationale does not work, then what does?

In recent months across the globe, individual protesters haven’t been the only voices demanding social and economic equality. Organizations, too, have taken a stand.

From corporations to small businesses to nonprofits, responses ranged from statements denouncing racism to commitments for equitable representation of products from minority-owned businesses.

INSEAD Video (1:08 minutes)

“The real key to leading a diverse team is to build a common story that can bind that team together…It needs to be a thing everyone can identify with regardless of their diverse backgrounds.” Jennifer Petriglieri, Programme Director, Management Acceleration Programme

According to a recent demographic analysis conducted by the Pew Research Center, by 2055, the U.S. will no longer have a single racial or ethnic majority. This shift towards a more diverse population will have major impacts on the workforce and how organizations address diversity in the workplace.

In the coming years, organizations that understand how to manage diversity in the workplace effectively will hold a distinct advantage when it comes to recruiting and hiring talent. This post outlines how organizations can best approach and manage diversity in the workplace with actionable tips and advice.

An environment in which our people are recognised and respected for their own strengths, values and perspectives. We believe that it is only within such an environment that our people can truly be at their best.

We know that creating an inclusive environment is not a challenge unique to Deloitte; by uploading the film to YouTube and allowing people to share it with others we hope to inspire them on their own Respect and Inclusion journeys.

Recent events have shown that race is a topic that has been long overdue. Communities around the world have taken to social media and the streets to protest the unlawful, unjust treatment that occurs to individuals based on race. 2020 is the time for change, and it is important to realize the factors at play. The United States has a deep history of racism and oppression, and while some progress has been made, explicit and implicit racism still exist. Angela Davis said it best when she said, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be antiracist”. Deconstructing implicit biases, preconceived notions about race, and working to educate yourself on relevant matters are steps that you can take towards being an active advocate against racial injustice. 

Your workplace is rich with diversity – a mix of races, ethnicities, genders, generations, and personality types. But diversity is not the same as inclusion. Leaders would be shocked to know the resources that go untapped and the ideas that go undiscovered simply because certain people are consistently excluded from the conversation.

HoffsTech Video (2:53 minutes)

Businesses that understand the importance of diversity in the workplace are known to perform better both financially and culturally. When employees work with other people from different backgrounds, they have the opportunity to learn from one another to produce higher quality products and services. Having a diverse workplace will also foster a positive working environment in which your employees will grow and thrive.

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