What is the right mindset?
The meaning of diversity and inclusion
Creating a company that is equitative could be interesting for your organization to ensure policies and procedures that leave no one behind and are designed to accommodate differences in employees’ circumstances, abilities and goals.
This picture illustrates further what equity means. If we would judge the performance of the person in the wheelchair by his or her ability to ride the regular bike, it would entail an equal assessment to that of the woman on the right, this would however not be equitable as you cannot expect him or her to ride that regular bike.
3 steps to take action
1. Focus on skills when hiring
When comparing different people, facing the choice on day-to-day tasks such as who to hire, it is important that you become aware of subconscious bias. In order for you to hire the right people in your company, you have to focus on the skills of the individual you are interacting with, rather than allowing race, colour, or gender, to stand in the way.
Any culture can bring value to a company, therefore the idea is to combine them basing your hiring decisions on which skills you are looking for, not what type of person you need.
2. Let them speak up
Communication is key. You may not be aware of underlying issues that take place in your company. Therefore, it is an absolute necessity to create situations where people can speak and express themselves.
By finding out whether your employees are comfortable in the workplace, you will ensure a more compact company, and employees who trust each other. This stays consistent in virtual teams too, as this study supports.
3. Promote the right company culture
Start creating a Diversity & Inclusion mindset
Creating the right company culture sets all of our key takeaways together! Communication is key, so allow your employees to speak up; hire people based on their skills, and remember that it is in your hands to provide your employees with the right tools to succeed, and to make your company a better place!
If you are interested in more information on how to create the right Diversity & Inclusion culture in your company, we have a program to help you with that right here.
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