Diversity and Inclusion – Steps to Start Improving Today
The pandemic has done a lot of damage, but if any good has come of it, perhaps it’s that it has exposed many ignored issues that business leaders tend to avoid or ignore in the workplace.
Combined with the worldwide reaction to the death of George Floyd, it’s clear Diversity and Inclusion are significantly important to personal, professional and business success.
The First Step Is to Care
Some people feel that these issues do not affect them. This is likely the reason so many suffer silently in an unfriendly work environment.
If you’re not addressing diversity and inclusion within your company culture, the problems will fester and surface eventually.
Next, Educate Yourself
Identify and learn what systemic racism is. Then, ask yourself and your leaders how you may have been unknowingly contributing to it. Perhaps it goes back to childhood, how someone was raised, their social upbringing, or who they went to school with.
When you educate yourself, then you can develop a plan and put together a team. Gayle Brock likes to call them “Champions”.
Link Arms with Others
Recognize different types of people that you are most unfamiliar with and conduct some outreach. For example, you may think to yourself, “I don’t know much about the Latino culture”, so jump in, join the Latino Chamber of Commerce.
Find people who are working towards bringing awareness to the Latino community, in this example, get connected with those groups and individuals actively promoting Latino culture.
From grassroots agencies and cafes to City government such as joining the Human Relations Committee on your City Council, there are opportunities everywhere to broaden your perspective.
In this way, you will rub elbows with different people and naturally educate yourself by interacting with people outside your routine social circles.
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