Today, promoting and maintaining a high degree of diversity in the workplace is a top priority for organizations across all industries. Through the implementation of workplace and recruiting policies that are aimed at maximizing diversity, a growing number of employers have come to understand this a simple and effective means of boosting productivity, improving workplace culture, and strengthening a workforce as a whole.
It isn’t immediately obvious, however, exactly where organizations should start once they’ve made a commitment to creating a more diverse workforce. The will is there, in other words, but finding and mapping the way requires a bit more effort.
In order to help clear the air around this subject, we’ve compiled four of the most powerful tactics for boosting your workplace diversity and have outlined them below:
Diversify your interview panels.
Introducing more diversity into the workplace needs to start with removing bias to the greatest possible extent from your recruitment and interviewing processes. One of the best ways to go about achieving that is to bring a diversity of gender, ethnicity, orientation, ability, and opinion to your interview panels.
Incentivize referrals that build diversity.
At the end of the day, one of your most powerful resources for improving workplace diversity is your employees. By making it widely known that there’s a potential reward waiting at the end of a successful “diversity referral” (you don’t necessarily need to call it that, but you get the idea), you’ll make it that much more likely that your employees will leverage their connections to help bring on board a talented employee who will also add diversity to the office.
Emphasize your commitment to diversity on your company website.
For many job candidates, an organization’s website – and their careers page in general – is the first real point of contact. With that in mind, it’s crucial for employers to use language in their online resources that highlight their commitment to building a diverse workplace.
Implement workplace policies aimed at inclusivity and tolerance.
Developing a recruitment strategy aimed at maximizing diversity is a strong place to start, but it’s only half of the story. It’s equally important for employers to introduce policies and practices that are specifically aimed at making all employees feel welcome and empowered, regardless of ethnic background, nationality, gender, orientation, creed, or ability.
Maximizing diversity in the workplace requires time and a great deal of careful attention. As a result, it can be a difficult feat for organizations to accomplish on their own. That’s where we come in.
To learn more about how you can build a more confident, empowered, and diverse workplace, contact us today.