A diverse workforce is a key element to a successful enterprise. Here are 10 points to consider when developing diversity initiatives within your organization:
- Link the company’s initiatives to its overall mission. Given its mission and unique working environment, each organization must consider and define for itself what it means by “diversity.”
- Develop reasonable and realistic goals for each phase of any program.
- Build consensus around the program’s purpose, process, and implementation strategies.
- Link diversity efforts such as recruitment, development, and retention strategies to organizational performance.
- Share information freely and frequently – not just at the beginning and end of the initiative, but throughout the process, reporting not just successes, but also challenges and lessons learned.
- View diversity initiatives as investments, rather than “feel good programs.”
- Encourage the development of innovative programs that capture the interest of those within the workplace.
- Seek and convey commitment from executive leadership that goes beyond lip service. The commitment to diversity should be evident in company business practices, not only in speeches delivered by leaders.
- Secure adequate resources to support diversity initiatives.
- Study “best practices” at peer companies.
Excerpted from the Michigan Chamber’s Employment Law Handbook: Employer & Employee Protections.