Diversity shouldn't be new to anyone, and it should be something will all strive to do and be. A study by researchers at MIT found diverse teams beat teams comprised of like-minded individuals every time (on issues such as office satisfaction, coorperation, and morale).
A report from McKinsey, "Why Diversity Matters", further expands on the idea that companies with a diverse workforce tend outperform and experience higher financial returns when compared to a non-diverse workforce.
If a businessowner has failed to make a conscious effort to embrace diversity, it is not too late, and here are some tools for building an inclusive work environment:
1) Find out what your company culture is really like by evaluating your day-to-day operations.
- Make the effort to ensure that office management and culture building is evenly distributed amongst everyone in the office.
- Empower employees to make the choices that are right for them when it comes to when and where to work.
2) Consider diverity in the job hiring process.
- Use gener-neutral language that appeals to people from different backgrounds.
- Job description; don't describe a candidate, but rather the job itself.
- Have tough conversations about breaking away from biases.
- Limit employee referrals.
3) Evaluate your onboarding experience.
- Define what diversity means to your company and incorporate that message into your onboarding.
- Teach managers how to accommodate different communication styles and ensure procedures are inclusive.
- Evaluate welcome packages
- Create a safe channel for feedback from the start.