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Despite the significant progress that has been made in addressing the issue of racial and cultural diversity, there is still room for improvement. Having diverse teams can help employees improve their productivity and develop their problem-solving abilities. Some studies also suggest that companies with policies promoting diversity performed better during the financial crisis. Below are some ways that you can help promote inclusion in your business. 


Promoting Inclusion at Work


Beware of Unconscious Bias

Building awareness and understanding biases are two of the first steps toward changing how people are perceived and treated. According to Mohammad Bilal, the Director of the Office of Inclusion at Stanford University, there are various forms of bias. One of these is unconscious bias. It can include feelings or associations that are hidden from the surface.


During his presentation at INSIGHTS, Bilal explained that unconscious biases don’t align with our conscious thinking. This means that they are more important to pay close attention to.


To help employees understand how unconscious bias affects them, leaders should inform them about the various actions that reinforce it. They should also encourage them to review their own biases and assumptions.


According to Bilal, it’s also important that employees keep a thought journal to record instances of their own biases. This can help them become more aware of their biases and make them more conscious. Doing so can help them identify when they start to stereotype others.


Communicating About Bias

One of the most effective ways to promote an inclusive environment is by learning about and living with cultural humility. According to Bilal, this concept involves being open to and accepting other people’s perspectives. He also noted that becoming culturally competent is a lifelong practice.


Using technology to help employees manage their biases can also be beneficial. According to Joelle Emerson in the Harvard Business Review, one of the biggest concerns when training and teaching about diversity is how people can become defensive. With the help of technology, employees can now get the guidance they need to make informed decisions.


Pay Equity

To ensure that employees receive fair compensation, managers should level the playing field. They can also use analytics to identify pay gaps and other organizational issues. For instance, by analyzing the pay discrepancies within their team, managers can identify areas of their operation where they can make improvements.


This data can help identify trends or patterns that may exist regarding the undervaluing of certain groups of employees, such as people of color.


Create a Training Program

The goal of diversity training is to help employees understand the various cultural differences that can affect their work environment. It can cover topics such as conflict resolution and communication styles. Optional diversity programs can be more effective than those that are mandated.


To ensure that their diversity programs are effective, companies should focus on training that’s relevant to their specific employees and the organization’s broader diversity and inclusion initiatives. They can also hire a consultant to help them create customized programs that are specific to their needs.


It’s also important that leaders are clear about the reasons for and the nature of the training. This can help keep the participants motivated and make them aware of the company’s goals.


Be Multicultural

One of the most effective ways to promote greater inclusivity and awareness of diversity is by being aware of and acknowledging upcoming cultural and religious holidays. This can be done by asking colleagues what their plans are for a holiday. Employees can also use the company’s intranet to keep track of upcoming festivals and religious events.


Change Up Teams

According to Jacob Morgan, author of The Employee Experience Advantage, one of the most important factors that employers consider when it comes to promoting and implementing diversity is having a deeper understanding of their employees’ backgrounds and cultures.


There’s been a lot of talk about how teams with diverse members can improve their creativity and innovation. According to studies, having multiple perspectives can help individuals develop new ideas and connect with their colleagues.


People are attracted to companies that are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment. They’re also more likely to apply to organizations that are vocal about their diversity efforts. To make sure that their DEI programs are effective, it’s important that companies thoroughly assess their current state.