For your workforce to be diverse and inclusive, you must create an environment that’s collaborative, supportive, respectful, and focused on increasing the participation and contribution of all its employees.

But how do you get from diversity to inclusion?

Here are four informative resources that help answer that question.

In their article Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion, Laura Sherbin and Ripa Rashid discuss the levers that drive inclusion, including the behaviors of an inclusive leader:

  • Ensuring that team members speak up and are heard
  • Empowering team members to make decisions
  • Taking advice and implementing feedback
  • Making it safe to propose novel ideas
  • Sharing credit for team success
  • Giving actionable feedback

In Moving from Diversity to Inclusion, T. Hudson Jordan outlines a concrete action plan:

  • Work from a well-documented plan of action complete with goals, objectives and lots of small manageable tasks to help realize change
  • Create opportunities for cross-generational work teams and interactions and invest in team building and leadership skills
  • Incorporate diversity principles across business functions and units

In her blog, Diversity and Inclusion: A Beginner’s Guide for HR Professionals,  Ji-A Min cites these strategies:

  • Assign a top executive the responsibility for leading and sponsoring the diversity and inclusion program
  • Create behavioral standards and hold leaders accountable for results
  • Train people at all levels on topics like unconscious bias

Need substantive research and data? Deloitte’s Waiter, is that inclusion in my soup? has a lot to offer:

  • Diversity + inclusion = improved business performance
  • Organizations need to increase their focus on inclusion
  • Inclusion is tangible
  • Work-life balance is a key signal
  • Data directs an organization’s biggest bang for buck

If you’re looking for an interactive workshop that will help you get the most out of your diverse team, join us on February 15 in Ottawa for Leading Your Team: Harness the Power of Diversity.

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