Definition: Diversity is defined as the fact of many different types of things or people being included in something.
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are no longer optional – they are a pre-requisite for any organisation that wants to thrive.
The growing numbers of millennials in the workplace has made the topic more important than ever. As the most diverse generation in the workplace, millennials are forcing organisations to rethink how diversity affects the workplace as well as their business efforts.
Organisations need to go beyond the formally required policies and ask questions like – who are we placing in leadership positions? Are we giving all our employees an equal opportunity to be heard?
Why is this important?
Creating an accepting, inclusive and educated culture is not only important to reduce the chances of discrimination, it will also allow all your employees to feel welcome, safe and valued.
There’s bundles of evidence to show that if someone feels happy and secure at work, they’re more likely to stick around for longer and perform better in their role.
The actual benefits for the organisations
#1: Enhanced employee experience
#2: Greater staff retention
#3: Competitiveness by attracting the best talent in the market
#4: Greater innovation and creativity: Research has demonstrated that diverse teams consistently outperform more homogeneous groups in terms of problem solving
Organisations are now legally obliged to report measures to fight discrimination. However, studies by the University of Michigan found that “people hired for ‘diversity purposes’ were sometimes seen as less qualified for the position they were hired for.”
Work environments must be conducive to these people thriving, not just being hired.
“Diversity is about increasing people’s actual participation, not just their symbolic participation.”
Best Practice Examples
To identify and honor some of the most forward-thinking companies, Thompson Reuters recently released their 2018 Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index. After factoring in environmental, social and governance data, Thompson Reuters assigned D&I scores to over 7,000 companies. Among the top companies were: Accenture, Novartis, Medtronic, Diageo and Gap Inc.
If you would like to know more about this topic and hear from best practice examples of fellow public sector organisations join us on 16th October at our Championing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, taking place in Central London.
You will have the exclusive opportunity to hear from the multi award-winning charity St. Mungo’s on their diversity strategy. Learn how their strategy and procedures have been developed, the results in terms of inclusion, engagement and business outcomes, and gain practical tips to replicate back at your organisation.
Can’t make the date?
We can run this course for you In-House, at your organisation or a venue of your choice, on a date to suit you. Bringing your team together for a group training event is a great team building exercise, and we work closely with you to develop a bespoke training agenda that is completely tailored to your organisation’s requirements.
Contact our In-House training team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 542 9414 to find out more.