Monday, June 19, 2017

How to Encourage Workplace Diversity and Inclusion - O'DWYER PR

by Stan Alleyne
Originally published: June 14, 2017

We’ve all heard the phrase “diversity matters.” We’ve read articles, attended training sessions and asked friends of color uncomfortable questions about their beliefs and backgrounds. Without a doubt, understanding and embracing different cultures, races and beliefs enriches our work and should add value to what we offer our clients or companies. 

For many, the challenge is figuring out how to go beyond periodic insightful conversations and annual diversity training sessions and conferences. How do you embed diversity and inclusivity into your daily workplace practices and culture?

Here’s something to remember that often is so easy to forget: this issue never ends for professionals of color. We live this every day. Too often in the workplace, diversity and inclusivity is an afterthought, a special project or an immediate reaction to some current event or employee complaint. If we can make this commitment a part of our daily lives at work and elsewhere, one day we will view diversity and inclusion as an asset and not another problem.