The Importance of D&I in the Workplace

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Over the last few years, diversity and inclusion (D&I) have become indivisible parts of conversations about how to build a successful team and culture. Creating an environment that is inclusive to employees of all genders, backgrounds, and identities is important not just because it’s the right thing to do but also because it’s the only thing to do.

For many years, companies considered diversity a “nice to have”—something important to focus on but only after mission-critical business objectives were taken care of. Studies and statistics, however, have shown the undeniable link between diversity and financial success for all types of businesses has changed the game.

Bottom line: Diversity is no longer a nice-to-have. It’s a critical business driver that is a leading indicator of a business’s ability to succeed financially for years to come.

The Business of Diverse Culture

According to data from consulting firm McKinsey & Company, companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially than homogenous teams. This is only one of the countless benefits of creating and fostering a culture where everyone feels included.

Inclusion encourages success. When employees feel welcomed into a work environment where success seems attainable for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation, it encourages them to bring their best selves to work.

According to a recent Hibob study, 77% of people said that corporate culture is extremely important—and HR’s ability and willingness to embrace diversity is a major part of a thriving culture. Ensuring that every new initiative, project, or business objective is examined through an inclusive lens before launch empowers the whole team to bring their A-game.

Build Diversity into Your Business Model

Prioritizing inclusivity on an organizational level is the most impactful way for a company to make its stance known and attract the best, most diverse talent. At Hibob, we’ve baked our commitment to diversity into the DNA of how we operate.

As an organization, we’re passionate about promoting inclusivity and transparency in the workplace, and we strive to help our clients give their employees the choice on how they want their genders classified. This gives HR and upper-level management a holistic view of any disparities or possibly unrecognized biases in gender.

As an LGBT person of color on the management team, this type of fierce commitment and dedication to diversity underlines for me, and every other employee, that creating an inclusive work environment isn’t a cause du jour but an important tenet of how we monetize and take our business to market.Read more here…

Source: HR Daily Advisor

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