Diversity and Inclusion
To understand Diversity and Inclusion, we must recognize that we live in a Globalized World.
Globalization is how the integration and interaction of countries, companies, and people across the globe is enabled. Through Globalization, people, services, and goods move freely worldwide in a linked and smooth manner. Moreover, it increases the interactions between different regions and populations around the globe.
Globalization has enabled international trade, thus allowing different countries to leverage the competitive advantages of various countries.
The globe has been genuinely globalized economically, culturally, and politically through free trade, liberalization, connectivity, opportunity, learning, and production advantage.
Organizations operate in a globalized world.
Diversity: A necessity by design
With the onset of Globalization, the world opens up to extraordinary ways to collaborate. As a result, diversity becomes imperative in the scheme of things.
Interdependence is a reality.
Everybody is looking forward to leveraging the best possible resources and solutions to drive home a competitive advantage.
To drive home the cost advantage, one may be looking for production facilities in Southeast Asia, software engineers from the Philippines, or nurses from India.
The reverse may also be true. Vendors in these countries may want to leverage the competitive advantage of other countries for other purposes.
With Globalization in play, it becomes necessary for people worldwide to transcend the petty boundaries of nations, race, ethnicity, religion, languages, gender, and cultures to conduct day-to-day business leave alone a competitive advantage.
Diversity is a necessity by design
What is diversity and inclusion?
Diversity and inclusion is a company’s effort to put a cohesive workforce that is diverse and feels included. Accepting and valuing differences between the employees at work contribute to a cohesive environment. It is also a measure of transactional effectiveness. A cohesive unit is endowed with the maturity to leverage one another’s strength and derives competitive advantage to leverage infinite possibilities in a globalized world.
What is diversity in the workplace?
Workplace diversity is understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people, including those: of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations with disparities in education, personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases.
What is inclusion?
Inclusion ensures that every member feels a part of the team. It is possible when an organization nurtures a respectful environment. It plays a significant role in removing even the invisible barriers between people. An inclusive organization is a true reflection of an organization's core values that celebrates a culture of meritocracy.
Diversity and inclusion best practices
Diversity and inclusion best practices include:
1. Impartial treatment
2. Enabling a level playing field
3. Nurturing a harmonious team4.
Fosters a culture of innovation and creativity5.
An agile and responsive organization6.
A fair conflict resolution policy7.
Evidence of leadership’s attentiveness to diversity8.
An equitable representation of diversity at all levels of the organization9.
The philosophy of diversity manifests itself even while dealing with external stakeholders10.
Diversity education and training
When an organization has implemented a robust diversity and inclusion program, the recruiter is armed with the necessary confidence to engage an applicant and convey to the applicant that the applicant1.
Will be treated fairly and not discriminated on any count2.
Can look forward to a nurturing environment and fulfilling experiences3.
Can look forward to inclusiveness as a way that celebrates meritocracy4.
Can look forward to a rewarding experience with the organization
Inclusive workplace culture is the most thoughtful way to attract and retain that precocious talent. An inclusive workplace is the best way to insure your organization.
Ways to recruit a diverse workforce
The recruitment and talent acquisition principles advocated in Fail-Safe Hiring remain the same.
Found below are a few techniques to enable Diversity recruiting.
1. Design appropriate Job Ads
2. Target diverse sources3.
Employee referral through diversity employees4.
Offer internships to targeted groups5.
Develop an employer brand that showcases your Diversity