Many large organizations are beginning to take diversity more seriously in the workplace, than just a social responsibility. However, if one was to question some managers and employees about their vision and mission statement pertaining to diversity, many would have a blank look on their faces.
Having diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace is not easy: it takes a lot of hard work to make it a reality.
Here are several recommendations for diversity and equality:
1. Set goals: Setting goals and having clear objectives early in the initial stage will help you attain them. Be specific and also have a time frame as to when those goals will be achieved.
2. Bring others aboard: For any diversity programs to work, senior managers orexecutive members have to come on board. After all at times they have a final say when it comes to allocating funds and resources to any diversity initiatives. Also get regular employees to join in the cause.
3. Education: Diversity education/training for all staff members should be conducted on a regular basis and not once a year.
4. Benefits: Everyone in the workplace must be clearly informed as to what it is in for them. And how it is going to benefit their lives in the workplace. When people are not sure what it is in for them then they shy away from taking any action.
5. Accountability: Progression should be measured on a regular basis; it could be measured every six months or even a year. Once the goals are achieved then it should be reported not only to higher authority and to the rest of the staff. And if the goals are not achieved, then review to make the necessary changes.
For diversity in the workplace to truly take place, it takes a lot of time, resources and manpower. And everyone from higher management to regular staff need to come on board, otherwise it does not work.