A DEI consultant drives the equal employment opportunity (EEO) forward to create a more inclusive and equitable organization where every single team member believes and feels they belong and becomes more engaged. Forbes and McKinsey & Co studies show this situation ultimately leads to a more innovative, competitive and profitable organization.
As a consultant, we enter a workplace, create an assessment of current demographics, discuss company goals with the client, and provide recommendations on how to reach those goals. We work closely with the client to ultimately create an environment where everyone in the workplace feels their voice is heard and their ideas matter. l
Some recommended actions might be to:
In addition to it being smart for business:
It is the way the world is evolving so be proactive and create Best Practices in a New Normal now to get ahead of the Next Normal
And perhaps most importantly, it is the right thing to do.
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What are you prepared to do?
Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It’s about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.
Diversity allows for the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It means understanding one another by surpassing simple tolerance to ensure people truly value their differences. .
Equity is the fair treatment for all, while striving to identify and eliminate inequities and barriers . Equity is different than equality—if I am helping all employees reach the top shelf of the supply room, I would give everyone access to the same height ladder, regardless of how tall they are. The problem with treating people equally is that not everyone has the same needs. Compare this to “equitable” treatment: striving to eliminate barriers and overcome past inequities—I would give the tallest people the shortest ladder and the shortest people the tallest ladder so everyone can reach the same height.
Inclusion is an organisational effort and practices in which different groups or individuals having different backgrounds are culturally and socially accepted and welcomed, and equally treated. These differences could be self-evident, such as national origin, age, race and ethnicity, religion/belief, gender, marital status and socioeconomic status or they could be more inherent, such as educational background, training, sector experience, organisational tenure, even personality, such as introverts and extroverts.
Belonging is the feeling of security and support when there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and identity for a member of a certain group. It is when an individual can bring their authentic self to work. When employees feel like they don’t belong at work, their performance and their personal lives suffer. Creating genuine feelings of belonging for all is a critical factor in improving engagement and performance. It also helps support business goals.
Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable, and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and the society as a whole.
It's up to each of us...
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