Do you want to attract and keep top talent of different backgrounds, races and cultures? Then you need to create a workplace where all employees feel safe, respected and valued. Everybody needs to feel like they belong. DEIB plays an important role here. It’s short for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. But how do you become a more diverse, inclusive and equal workplace where everyone feels like they belong? Discover five ways to invest in DEIB below.
1. Diverse hiring practices
To become a more diverse company, you need to hire diverse talent. The job descriptions you publish play a key role here. These need to be free of bias and appeal to everyone in your target group. To men and women, and to people of all ages and backgrounds.
2. Educate employees on DEIB
Building a diverse workforce through diverse hiring practices alone isn’t enough. More needs to be done to create a workplace where everyone feels comfortable. Education and training play an important role here. Employees need to learn about the existence of unconscious bias to ensure a community of inclusion is built.
3. Employee Resource Groups
Who better to tackle issues regarding DEIB in the workplace than employees themselves? Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) give employees an opportunity to meet like-minded people. Together, employees can address the needs of underrepresented groups in the workplace. They can also raise awareness about issues they have to deal with. But above all, ERGs can present initiatives to improve DEIB in the workplace.
4. Employee growth
In leadership and at management level, diversity often falls behind. So, if you succeed in creating a diverse workforce, your next step is investing in employee growth. Every employee should feel equally motivated and have the opportunity to grow. Offer mentorship programs and a budget for training and education to facilitate this. Because you need diversity at all levels of the organization.
5. Inclusive office space
For employees to feel comfortable and like they belong, you also need an inclusive office space. The office should also be wheelchair accessible and have a gender-neutral toilet. There should also be a place where employees can pray. And a place for new mothers to pump.
Textmetrics and DEIB
At Textmetrics, we offer a platform that you can use to invest in DEIB. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that empower you to improve all written communication. You can use it to write job ads that are free of bias. This is an important first step to more diverse hiring practices. And you can use it for writing content that appeals to everyone. That’s important if you’re striving for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging throughout your company.
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