Top Tips for Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
Talent DevelopmentJune 13, 2022
This is a thought leadership article from PrimeGlobal about our top tips for supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.
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at PrimeGlobal, we are no strangers to Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion. With a global workforce spread across Asia Pacific, Europe,
the Middle East & Africa, North America, and Latin America, and with
a strong ethos of working together to get the best out of everyone, we
actively encourage DEI as part of the very fabric of our organization.
And as the insight theme for this month is DEI, what better way is there to advocate diversity in the workplace than to share our Top Tips for supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, to create a space for thought and reflection on an ever-evolving topic.
1. Play an active role in supporting your firm's DEI policy
Having a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive culture benefits everyone by generating different perspectives and creative thinking. Your firm, your peers, and your clients will all see the advantages of diverse knowledge share and ideas that may be different to your own, so play your part by actively encouraging a diverse workplace culture and supporting a robust DEI policy.
2. Be an Ally
Being an ally is about actions, not just words. Don't be afraid to confront racism and bigotry, or to call out poor behaviour in the workplace as it happens. Research shows that when this happens, it can be much more effective coming from an 'ally' than the actual person impacted, so be prepared to stand up for others and be a proud ally of anybody who feels they are marginalized.
3. Improve your Cultural Intelligence Capabilities
If you are lucky enough to work with people from different cultural backgrounds, improve your understanding by being curious, asking questions and most importantly, listening to the answers from your colleagues.
Actively plan to increase your level of interest during your interactions, which may take you out of your own comfort zone for a little while, but will be worthwhile as we grow and develop as individuals and really get the best out of everyone in our team!
4. Find connections with colleagues
Again, this goes back to improving our Cultural Intelligence as many business leaders think the best way to support DEI in the workplace is by highlighting differences, it isn't. The best way encourage inclusion is to find similarities, regardless of culture or beliefs. Once we have bonded and found connections, differences will be accepted and celebrated.
5. Improve workplace communication
Having excellent communication skills are fundamental to a workplace environment with a positive DEI culture. The Mehrabian and Ferris theory of communication states that as individuals, we receive communication with 55% emphasis on body language, 38% emphasis on the tone of voice, and only 7% of the actual words that are said, which makes it all the more important to remember that different cultures may interpret communication in different ways. What may be a totally acceptable gesture, tone, or word in one cultural group could be completely offensive in another, so be prepared to reflect on how your communication is received and understood by different cultural groups.
6. Find your organization's social conscience
As a business, be prepared to stand up to social injustice. When organizations speak out, it carries kudos and impact. People will sit up and listen to business leaders who have a strong social conscience, so whatever cause is relatable, or whatever you feel passionate enough about to speak out against, take the lead. Research shows this is not only good for the cause itself, but it actually has a positive impact on business turnover as clients and consumers will often show their support with their hard earned cash and where they spend it!
So there's a little taste of how you can support DEI in the workplace. Visit our DEI page for more ideas and suggestions, and it's worth remembering that this is about the journey, not the destination!