Making a conscious effort to embrace inclusiveness and create a workplace in which people of all backgrounds feel safe and welcomed can help your business build a great reputation, leading to increased profitability and more opportunities for workers. Here’s how you can create an inclusive work environment.
- Reflect your passion for an inclusive work environment in your core/company values.
Incorporate a statement about the value of inclusiveness into your company’s core values, engaging current employees to share their input on how the core value should be phrased.
- Create an internal diversity and inclusion team.
Establish clear goals and assemble an internal team to establish inclusiveness guidelines. If you need additional help, the Department of Labor (DOL) has helpful resources available.
- Hire an HR professional/consultant that has experience in diversity and inclusion.
If you desire to create inclusion initiatives but don’t have the time to implement them, consider hiring a Human Resources professional or consultant. Ideally, this professional will have past experience in diversity and inclusion from strategy to execution.
- Host a diversity/inclusion workshop for your employees.
Don’t have the budget to hire a full-time HR professional or consultant? Consider hiring one for a project-based initiative for your team. This can vary by topic and format, but the goal should be to leave your employees with more awareness of inclusion.
For help creating an inclusive work environment for your business, contact the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County to schedule a no-charge appointment with a qualified business advisor. We’re here to help!