Workplace Diversity & Inclusion
An introduction to workplace diversity & inclusion
An investment that will boost your bottom line
Creating an equitable and inclusive workplace is more than just ticking boxes to meet minimum standards. It's more than just equal treatment and fair representation. It’s valuing and utilizing the unique perspectives and experiences of a group of people with different backgrounds to improve innovation, creativity, and production. It’s leading by example: promoting systemic inclusivity starting at the top executive level. This includes vision, business strategies, policies, hiring practices, and more. These factors increase the contribution and participation of employees while recognizing their unique views and leveraging their experiences to achieve a competitive advantage.
Having a solid diversity and inclusion system in place can affect:
Economic growth: increasing profits
Performance: increasing employee retention and loyalty
Innovation: sparking new ideas and strategies by promoting employee engagement
Talent management: improving workplace morale and professional relationships
Recruitment: making open positions within the company desirable to more highly-qualified candidates
Community relations: creating a positive company reputation
Legal protection: preventing discrimination and decreasing workplace incidents such as harassment and violence.
Diverse teams are 87% better at making decisions!
Workplace Inclusivity Program (WIP)
Creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace is a business strategy that will
give your organization a major competitive advantage.
Learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion is not a task that will ever be complete.
The Workplace Inclusivity Program (WIP) keeps your organization on top of the vast world of diversity and inclusion by helping you learn and grow as we go.
You could say that workplace inclusivity is always a Work In Progress.
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Step 1: Consultation
I will meet with you to discuss the practices you already have in place, your inclusivity goals, and how you’d like to achieve those them.
Step 2: Assessment
I’ll conduct an in-depth review of your existing policies, practices, and environment. This may include staff and/or client surveys, interviews, and in-person observations.
Step 3: Report
I will compile, review, and summarize my findings into a report. We will then meet to discuss the results and plan your next actions.
Step 4: Planning
An advisory session provides you with recommendations that will increase the level of inclusivity of your organization. We’ll work together to develop a sustainable and structured plan and an approximated timeline. Recommendations may include:
Training for staff/management
Creating or amending policies
Environmental alterations (new signage, accessibility accommodations, etc.)
Developing employee resource groups
Step 5: Implementation
Creating systemic change takes time, but I will work with you every step of the way. We’ll tailor the plan to fit into your existing busy schedule. I’ll be available to assist and support you throughout the entire process.
Step 6: Sustainability Review
Maintaining an inclusive working environment isn’t a task that can be checked off as “done” on your to-do list. Information and terminology is constantly evolving, and as allies, it’s our responsibility to stay current. Included with the investment of your program is a bi-annual review and update. We’ll discuss what’s working and what’s not. You’ll have the opportunity to extend the program to achieve even more success with the diversification process of your organization.