Statistics show that more diverse workplaces have higher productivity and greater creativity. So, to help improve your business productivity, read this guide for greater cultural inclusion in the workplace.
Securing an inclusive workplaceIf you take active and positive steps to prevent discrimination occurring in your workplace, then you can experience real benefits in productivity. Diversity in the workplace can provide:
- Increasing retention and lowering employee turnover.
- Reducing recruitment.
- Greater innovation.
- Greater employee engagement leading to higher discretionary effort from employees.
- Increased staff loyalty.
- Higher staff morale.
Progressive recruitment strategiesHow you advertise your latest vacancies, and the interviews you hold with applicants, will have a significant impact on workplace diversity. After all, if advertising is limited to a certain group of individuals, these are the only people who will apply for the job role. To ensure jobs are advertised to a diverse range of people, have at least two different approaches, such as online and in local newspapers. Also, the wording of the advert should remain inclusive and not exclude certain applicants. The interview process should also avoid any questions which imply that the workplace is not inclusive. For example, asking females whether they have family plans not only carries a high risk of discrimination, but also raises the question of whether the business has diversity and inclusion at work.
Diversity and inclusion policyAs well as reviewing business practices to ensure these are inclusive, you can have diversity and inclusion in the workplace activities to create a positive workplace culture. This can include:
- Providing diversity and inclusivity training for all members of staff.
- Embracing awareness initiatives such as Time to Change and the Inclusive Behaviour Pledge.
- Introduce returner schemes to encourage those who have had a career break to return to work
- Highlight family-friendly policies within the workplace, especially shared parental leave.
- Monitor the diversity of staff, in line with data protection obligations, to assess how inclusive the workplace is.