Many companies are reviewing and revamping their efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive work environment. Here are some action steps you can take now:
1 – Understand the issues.
2 – Communicate to the entire organization how you are going to address it – focusing on your company’s culture and values and how important it is for you to maintain a fair workplace for all employees.
3 – Evaluate recruiting sources and expand them as needed to attract diverse candidates.
4 – Include an equal opportunity statement in all job postings.
5 – Have a diverse group of people involved in the screening and selection process.
6 – Evaluate all testing to make sure there is no bias.
7 – Avoid questions about pay history (banned in some states).
8 – Raise awareness of how communication can be perceived as hostile or discriminatory.
9 – Take all complaints seriously and launch a prompt, fair and thorough investigation of all alleged violations.
10 – Take performance evaluations seriously as it is an effective way to help all employees develop and meet career goals.
11 – Listen to your employees and give them feedback.
12 – Training programs such as discrimination and anti-harassment.
13 – Review your policies and practices for compliance with federal, state and local nondiscrimination laws.
Building these practices over time will result in a stronger company and more engaged workforce.
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