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How To Create And Honor Diversity In The Workplace

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

On a recent episode of HR Insider, we got the chance to sit down and talk with Dan, an HR representative for a Fortune 500 company who recently took on a new role within diversity inclusion. He shared with us his insight on improving inclusion in the workplace and supporting diverse communities and customers.

At the most basic level, inclusivity is about starting the discussion and forcing people to think about why they do things the way they do. Dan focused a lot on getting people to open their minds, which involves everyone at a company from the C-suite to the entry-level employees.

“It comes down to collaborating as a team, not only with the Diversity & Inclusion team, but the corporate side as well, and trying to get people from different areas and trying to work together to make an inclusive community. Additionally, to bring up awareness and the power of asking why. Asking, “Okay, why is it this way? Why is it that way?” It’s about opening that line of communication so everybody can feel included, everybody can be heard, and everybody can learn, educate, and grow from it.”

Another point that Dan really drove home was the importance of looking for talent in places companies don’t traditionally look. Whether that is looking at schools that you don’t typically recruit from or considering someone from a background that is different than your usual hires, he stressed that this diversity can add invaluable perspective to teams and improve the organization overall. He doesn’t necessarily ask people to change their hiring process, only to take a critical eye to it and see if there is room for increased diversity.

“People from different backgrounds and different lifestyles, they all have talents that they can showcase, and I think companies should see that, learn from it, grow from it, and even improve from it. Research even shows that corporations with a diverse network and diverse groups or teams do better financially in the long run. If everybody is coming from the same place, the same school, the same everything, then you’re not going to grow. You’re not going to develop. You’re just going to get the same old, same old, and that’s not how companies grow or even stay above water. They fail.”

At the end of our chat, Dan emphasized the value that HR departments can bring to individuals. While the human element of human resources may get lost sometimes, at the end of the day, their job is to be there for each and every employee.

“There’s more to HR than just people handling benefits or recruiting. It’s breaking down barriers and opening people’s mindset to find out what lies beneath.”

Diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly important issues for companies to address, and it will always be better to be proactive instead of reactive. By constantly seeking ways to include different perspectives and people of all backgrounds, an organization can ensure it thrives for years to come.

Four Ways to Motivate and Inspire Your Employees

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Companies are continually looking for innovative ways to motivate employees, and gone are the days where financial compensation alone is enough to satisfy your workforce. There are an infinite amount of ways to create a passionate, hard-working atmosphere in your office and encourage your employees to perform their best. Depending on how much time you are willing to put into it, there are plenty of free or low-cost ways you can inspire your staff even more so than simply signing a bonus check at the end of the year.

Offer Flexibility

The traditional nine-to-five schedule may work great for some employees, but not everyone will thrive under it. If possible, offer employees flexibility in the hours that they work, and focus more on what is accomplished than the hours clocked in. Assigning a daily to-do list and letting employees work on their own schedule can give a sense of accomplishment and boost morale. This can also mean providing time off for employees to do something they love. Whether it be a creative passion or giving back to the community, your staff will appreciate the ability to pursue their other interests and come back to the office recharged and ready to give you their all.

Give Recognition

Recognizing employees’ accomplishments doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or elaborate process. Simply giving praise on a regular basis will show employees that you notice their hard work and appreciate it. Incorporating recognition into your company’s culture will increase everyone’s satisfaction with their job. You can also offer small rewards to your hardworking staff, whether it be a monthly staff happy hour or casual Friday. These rewards don’t need to break the bank; they just need to show your employees that you appreciate them.

Make the Workplace Enjoyable

Your employees spend a large portion of their life at work, so why not make it somewhere they want to be? Staring at an ugly gray wall for eight hours a day is certainly not going to motivate anybody to work their best, so try to create an attractive, well-lit, and fun space that is also functional. People work better when they are happy, so providing perks to employees is also a great way to motivate them. If you are able, this could mean offering gym or yoga memberships or stocking the kitchen with snacks. Small comforts can go a long way in increasing the overall productivity of your organization.  

Ask Your Staff

What is the absolute easiest way to find out what your staff wants? Ask them. They are the only people who can tell you what would actually motivate them best. Even with the best intentions, it is easy to give people something they don’t want, because, at the end of the day, everyone is different. Some people may love free food in the office while another employee may not care because they bring snacks from home. You won’t really know until you ask, so take a poll in your office, see what people say they want, and determine if it is possible for you to provide it.

Motivating your employees may be easier than you think. You don’t need flashy, over-the-top displays of recognition; oftentimes, something simple that shows you truly care about all they do for the company is enough. Even so, it can have serious effects on your business. Employees are more likely to stay with a company where they feel motivated and appreciated, so it is essential to inspire your employees.