Today, companies broadly understand that having a diverse workforce works in their favor, leading to greater levels of innovation, creativity, and productivity. However, simply wanting to hire candidates from a wide array of backgrounds isn’t enough to achieve success in this arena. Instead, you have to create a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
Often, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) go hand-in-hand. Fortunately, tapping into each area and creating a workplace culture that supports them all isn’t as challenging as you’d expect. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are some tips to help you create a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
Secure Leadership Buy-In
Ultimately, any DEI improvements won’t stick if the leadership team isn’t on board. Ideally, executives and managers won’t just be comfortable with any proposed changes; they’ll actively champion improvements that craft an inclusive culture. That creates a sense of enthusiasm and ensures those leading the way are fully engaged in improving the environment, which leads to better results.
Speak with Employees
The DEI goals that seem most critical to management may not actually align with the needs and preferences of your diverse workforce. As a result, it’s best to speak with employees regarding potential improvements instead of making assumptions about priorities.
Ideally, you want to engage workers in open, honest dialogs about their experiences and changes they’d like to see. Make sure to create a judgment-free safe space where all ideas are welcome and focus on listening above all else. That ensures you don’t accidentally project your assumptions into the conversation.
Set Goals and Identify KPIs
As with any workplace improvement, having clear goals and associating the targets with measurable key performance indicators (KPIs) is an essential part of the equation. By having well-defined objectives, it’s easier to focus on the step ahead. Associating metrics then allows companies to measure progress, making it easier to assess the success of a chosen path.
Which goals make sense for your organization may vary. For some companies, creating a more inclusive hiring process may be the primary objective. For others, providing resources to under-supported groups, celebrating diversity to enhance awareness, or similar steps may be a better fit. What matters is choosing an objective that will move your culture in the right direction while ensuring that any target is ultimately measurable.
Partner with GSG Talent Solutions
At GSG Talent Solutions, promoting diversity in the workplace and creating inclusive environments has long been a priority. Additionally, GSG Talent Solutions is a proud participant in WorksWonders, a program that assists Texans with disabilities to find meaningful employment opportunities with area employers.
By partnering with GSG Talent Solutions, you’ll gain access to a robust talent pool brimming with skilled professionals from all walks of life. Plus, our hiring process is designed with equity and inclusion in mind, ensuring every candidate gets an exceptional experience. As a result, working with GSG Talent Solutions can help position your company as an employer of choice, allowing you to tap into a wider array of professionals and ultimately meet your diversity and inclusion goals.
If you’re ready to experience the difference firsthand, the team at GSG Talent Solutions wants to hear from you. Contact us to learn more about our approach to DEI and see how our services can benefit your company.