How To Create A Company Culture That Supports Diversity
Accepting and valuing all types of people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and age is what makes a company attractive to its employees and to future employers. But, it’s not enough to hire people of different nationalities, races, genders and sexual orientations – everyone needs to feel like they are truly welcome, safe and free to be themselves in the workplace. Diversity in the workplace should start at the very top of the company and should be a representation of what kind of company that is. There are many factors that will make your company more compelling than other companies with having a wide range of diverse employees working for your company.
In order to have your company or organization value diversity, it must have a representation of diversity within its employees. First, you should have some type of guideline that establishes a hiring practice that praises race, gender, and minority neutral. Create a committee to help implement the policy and come up with new ideas on how to attract more diversity to the company. The company missions statement will want to reflect those changes as well. Somebody needs to be in charge of implementing this structure to help the company get started. Providing a diversity training at your workplace for all employees and managers as well as others will definitely make everyone fully understand the recruiting process of finding the best candidates and implementing personnel policies so that they are all fully committed to supporting those practices. Having these diversity trainings will expose people to new ideas, encourage acceptance and may result in a higher level of productivity. Whether you take it online or invite a diversity expert to deliver an in-office course, diversity workshops can be beneficial to the office.
Next, in your human resource department, there should be an individual who can take several courses per year that trains and talks about diversity and cultural awareness to your company. The person will also handle any culture-related issues that come up within the company and that person will be a middleman between people who can’t resolve differences on their own. Once your company’s leadership sets the tone, it’s easy to extend that attitude throughout the organization. It always starts from the top and then works its way down to the bottom. If your employers don’t feel comfortable or welcomed in the office than they are not going to want to work there, and are not going to tell other people to work there as well.
As more and more employers begin to see that diversity is good for their brands, their overall performance will be better, and they will take more interest in how their organizations treat people of color, LGBTQ, and women. It’s not always going to be easy but it will definitely be rewarding in the end. Be willing to make changes in your company. Building a unique, positive culture is one of the best and simplest ways to get your employees to invest their talent and future with your company.