The current Black Lives Matter movement has created an opportunity for every manager, employee, and company to take a hard look at its inclusion, diversity and equity efforts and seek ways to be better. Looking for growth areas and identifying shortfalls is the first step toward growth.
Here are 10 questions to ask of yourself and your company to find ways to be more inclusive:
- Is diversity represented at all levels of staffing within your company?
- Have you committed to improving diversity and set goals to be held accountable?
- Do you seek diverse representation when hiring and make additional outreach where necessary to recruit a wide range of candidates?
- Do you invest in management and leadership training for employees from underrepresented groups?
- Do you ensure all staff members are compensated fairly regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or background?
- Do you provide opportunities for feedback and safe spaces to discuss shortcomings with inclusion in the workplace?
- Do you work to educate yourself on the history of systemic racism, implicit bias, and oppression in the workplace?
- Do you speak up when you see someone being treated unfairly because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or background?
- Is there anything about your company culture or policies that is not equitable and inclusive?
- Are you public about your commitments to diversity and inclusion to show that you company is a safe and equitable place to work?
Creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace should be a priority for every business. Taking an honest and thoughtful look at your answers to those 10 questions is a great way to decide where change is needed.
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