Enabling Diversity + Inclusion in the Workplace in 2019
As we enter a new year, all organizations should continue to enable and promote discussions surrounding diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Truly committed organizations, however, will act with purpose-driven, action-oriented intent to capitalize on the true benefits of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.
There are four key themes that will define the continuous discourse around diversity, inclusion, and culture in 2019.
CONVERSATION — initiate authentic, company-wide conversations and initiatives to foster inclusion and understanding
Creating an equitable and inclusive workplace is not a complex concept in theory — complexity and misunderstanding arise when companies enter with the mindset of “trying to solve a diversity problem” without a true, contextual understanding of the source and root cause(s). Getting to the root of the diversity and inclusion opportunities your company wants to tackle starts with courageous conversations.
As a leader, it is integral to understand that each employee is unique and brings with them multiple dimensions of diversity. It’s not just about inherent diversity (race, gender, culture, or physicality) — but also acquired diversity (education, experience, relationships, or job titles) and/or thought diversity (personality type, emotional intelligence, social styles, learning styles).