Initiating diversity and inclusion is not one man’s job. In order to bring about a real cultural change in the organization, every individual leader should collectively take active participation in the process.
FREMONT, CA: Today’s companies now realize the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive work culture. Many diverse and inclusive companies are already reaping its benefits as they see increased employee productivity and engagement. Yet, the tech industry is failing to attract diverse talents because of inclusivity issues in the workplace. This is why we have come up with best practices that would help organizations include diversity and inclusion in their company culture.
Generating a Sense of Belonging for Employees
Employees who do not feel connected with their companies would not be able to deliver their best performance. Hence, employers should try to make their employees feel that they are an important part of the organization. This sense of belonging would drive them to bring their best self forward. They would be able to spread their creative wings, propelling innovation forward.
Empathetic Leadership Is Necessary
Initiating diversity and inclusion is not one man’s job. In order to bring about a real cultural change in the organization, every individual leader should collectively take active participation in the process. A part of this process is to leading employees with compassion and empathy. C-suite leaders owning diversity and inclusion would support a company’s diversity and inclusion practices.
Going Beyond a Top-Down Approach
A top-down approach is helpful in driving compliance, not commitment. From C-suite leaders to frontline employees, every member should try to understand their role in the company culture, which implies identifying differences in employee experience and values across the organization in order to make change relevant for each person. The lasting change should also activate different parts of the system, including top-down, bottom-up, and middle-out, in various ways.