Today, businesses and organisations are giving more focus to the impacts of gender equality, racial injustice, equal opportunity, and more. Moreover, and positively, these companies are beginning to take positive action to address these long-standing issues.
Research has shown that having a strong diversity, equity and inclusion strategy (DE&I) can transform a workplace by creating an engaged and empowered team that thrives in their environment. A solid DE&I strategy is critical in enhancing overall business performance for those seeking business outcomes.
The definition of DE&I has changed over the years and continues to evolve as our understanding of these topics progresses. But the basics are:
Diversity, equity and inclusion occur when a diversity of people are respected, connected, progressing, and contributing to organisational success, where:
Research from Diversity Council Australia 2021-22 Inclusion@Work Index shows that:
DE&I not only creates happier employees. Here are some key facts about diversity in Australian workplaces, where workers in inclusive teams are:
Additionally, employer benefits include:
However, it’s not as easy as just flicking a switch. It takes time, patience, and work to cultivate a workplace ingrained with DE&I practices – and that’s where we come in.
“We need to do more than diversity and equity and inclusion. We need to create real belonging in our culture.”
At the People Practice, we are deeply passionate about working towards not only more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces, but a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. Let us help you understand how you can integrate DE&I into your business or organisation – and work towards a society that is more welcoming and tolerant of all peoples.
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