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5 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives You Can Implement in 2019

12/19/18, 10:13 AM

In December we celebrate an array of holidays, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa to name the most recognizable. As we head into 2019, it's a great time to make plans and goals to help your business grow and prosper and this can include embracing your employees and your community, no matter which holidays they celebrate.




Check out these 5 ways to initiate diversity and inclusion in the workplace for 2019:

1. Create a Diversity & Inclusion Committee:

Send out an open invitation including all departments, remote employees and other locations from entry level to executive. This committee meets to discuss programs, charities, events etc that celebrate all walks of life.

2. Host a Diversity Event:

Invite individuals from the following groups to share their stories with your employees. Or open up your meeting space to local groups to use for monthly, quarterly or special events.

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity/national origin
  • Family status
  • Gender
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Generation
  • Language
  • Life experiences
  • Organization function and level
  • Personality type
  • Physical characteristics
  • Race
  • Religion, belief and spirituality
  • Sexual orientation
  • Thinking/learning styles
  • Veteran status

TIP: Hosting a New Years party is a great place to start. Almost all cultures and religions celebrate the changing of the year- maybe explore how other countries and cultures celebrate aside from the dropping of the Ball.

3. Volunteer or donate to diverse programs in your local community:

Pride centers, women's organizations, refugee support- there are thousands of groups in your own backyard that provide education, services and a safe environment for many of the groups above. Expand your community involvement and encourage your employees to participate.

4. Work with HR or your hiring manager to implement a diversity initiative in your hiring process:

The best way to balance a diverse workforce is by opening positions to all, and maybe that means opening the position up to remote employees. Looking at remote employees allows you to tap into other demographics that may not be represented in your local hiring pool. 

5. Be aware:

Take a look at your current workforce. Are a variety of groups represented? Use your HCM system to run custom reports on diverse groups- like age, race, etc. Are you providing equal opportunity for employment, advancement and recognition? Educate yourself and your HR staff on the importance and advantages of diversity in the workplace. LinkedIn Learning offers a course on this very thing.

No matter what initiatives you put in place for the new year, be sure to include those that represent, celebrate and support your employees, customers and vendors.

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