In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to not only celebrate our differences, but create spaces and opportunities that serve all cultures, religions, gender, race and ability. While our employers are needed to foster diverse, equal and inclusive (DEI) strategies, hire talent and implement programs that support equity, it is our job as coworkers to ensure inclusivity isn’t stopping with procedures and process, but becoming evident in our every day lives.
Not everyone is in a position of leadership. And while it may feel like you can’t make a difference without decision making power, you can! Become a catalyst for change within your organization by taking just a few, easy steps.
Join the Committee. Does your organization have a DEI committee? Make your voice heard and join the group. Not only does it allow you to help shape programming, but it is a great way to meet other coworkers and learn more about the diverse backgrounds you share. No committee at your organization? Ask for one!
Create Open Dialogue. Be a sounding board for your colleagues by offering a safe space for open and honest conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion – and ways it can be improved. Acknowledge preferred pronouns and current events with an open-mind and be the voice for those who don’t feel empowered to use theirs.
Bring Ideas Forward. Employees are in the day-to-day culture, sometimes more than company leaders, allowing them to identify areas and ways to improve DEI. Don’t be afraid to speak up, even if you aren’t on the committee.
Take Advantage of Offered Resources. Are there DEI trainings available for you? Take advantage and carve out the time to educate yourself and grow. Knowledge is power.
Be Kind and Open. You never know where someone comes from, what their situation is or what personal experiences they have had. Approaching your colleagues with warmth will not only make you a happier, healthier person, but it will also make your relationships that much better!
We hope you’ll join us as we continue to find ways to make the world a more inclusive place! What do you do to create a more inclusive work environment? Comment below!