Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Workplace
With the increasing diversity in today’s workplace, employers must be prepared to deal with the multiplicity of issues it brings. The topic of diversity has been expanded to DEI, as this phrase goes beyond the numbers, policies and procedures to include valuing employee contributions and perspectives. In other words, a workplace can be diverse without being inclusive.
Research has shown that there are numerous benefits to having a diverse and inclusive workplace. There are positive effects on creativity, as various ideas and perspectives are shared and considered, leading to more innovative and feasible solutions. Such an environment also aids in recruitment and retention. DEI organizations are able to attract better employees, and inclusion can be a key factor in employee retention. Other key benefits include greater job satisfaction, better attendance, and increased employee pride in their work.
So how do you know if your workplace is both diverse and inclusive? One key thing you can do to initiate your process is to conduct an organizational assessment. First, identify the best self-assessment tool for your undertaking. Once the data is collected and analyzed be willing to make the necessary adjustments to create the kind of diverse and inclusive environment you want at your organization. Most organizations that are serious about DEI are willing to invest the necessary resources into developing a strategic plan to guide the organization's efforts.