It’s been exciting to see many organizations prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplace over recent years. Investing in your company’s DEI program can help your business reap many rewards, including higher employee satisfaction, talent retention, and positive workplace benefits.
Keep reading to learn more about why you should invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion at your organization from the experts at Prescott HR.
What is DEI?
Before we begin, let’s define what DEI is first and how it can benefit your organization. DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These three concepts should be incorporated within your organization to promote a more inclusive and accepting workplace.
Diversity is the presence of differences, including race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, disability, age, and more.
Equity is the promotion of fairness within your organization’s procedures and resources to ensure that all of your team members are treated fairly and equally.
Inclusion is the effort organizations can make to ensure their employees feel welcomed and invited, which allows your team members to participate in all facets of office life without fear or anxiety.
Why is DEI important?
Studies have shown that incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into a workplace can have major positive benefits to your organization as a whole. These include higher revenue, higher rates of job acceptance, better job performance, and more. Plus, organizations that prioritize DEI initiatives are more likely to hire and retain top talent in their field.
Evaluate where you stand
Now that you understand the benefits of DEI, it’s time to evaluate where your organization stands with its current policies. The first step you should take is to look at your executive team. Your company’s top management team is the “face” of your organization, so what does yours look like?
Is management made up of a diverse group of individuals from different backgrounds and demographics? If the answer is no, it may be time to evaluate if there are open leadership opportunities that a more diverse professional could fill.
Create a welcome environment
Many employees leave their jobs when they feel undervalued or underappreciated. It’s your responsibility as an owner or manager to ensure that each and every employee on your team feels valued, heard, and respected.
A few important steps to take as a manager include:
- Avoid playing favorites with certain employees
- Be courteous to all team members
- Celebrate holidays or occasions that are relevant to every team member
- Encourage an open forum of discussion and communication in your office
Work with Prescott HR
Is your organization ready to invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion? We are here to help! Prescott HR offers a wide range of services that can help your organization evaluate your current DEI initiatives, plus offer ways to improve on your current policies.
Our unintimated HR practices allow us to be focused and effective, providing your business with precisely what you need. Give us a call today at 443-351-8818 or contact us online.