by Paolo Gaudiano and Ellen Hunt
Originally published: March 6, 2017
As leaders, our words and actions can have a great impact on workplace diversity. In part 1 of this blog, we offered several tips for things you can do within the work environment. We now offer several ideas for simple things you can do outside of the work environment that will have a positive impact on your ability to support diversity and inclusion at work.
1. Diversify your social networks.
Check your online social networks: how diverse are the people you follow? How diverse are the people whose posts you like or share? Every day, make an effort to share content from a variety of people, and look to balance your online social networks to be more diverse. Aside from exposing you to a variety of views, this will also help you tremendously when you want to recruit more diverse talent.
2. Seek out new sources of information and resources.
It’s easy to fall into the habit of reading the top print and online sources of information. But that should not preclude you from diversifying your reading diet. Whatever publications you like, check the bylines of their staff and contributors, and look actively for authors with diverse backgrounds.