Article by Renée Safrata, CEO & Founder, Vivo Team
6 Ways to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Everybody is talking about it—diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Let’s start with the definitions:
- Diversity is the presence of differences within a given setting.
- Equity is the process of ensuring that processes and programs are impartial, fair, and provide equal possible outcomes for every individual.
- Inclusion is the practice of ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging in the workplace.
Consider your team:
- Are all voices represented in meetings?
- Are all perspectives equally valued?
- Are all opinions considered and well represented in decision-making processes?
- Do all employees feel safe sharing viewpoints and experiences?
Don’t worry if you don’t have a perfect track record here. According to BetterUp, only 31% of employees feel that their leaders promote an inclusive team environment. Recognizing areas for growth and development is a great place to start.
Everyone can help to promote a culture of DEI by applying the six key indicators of highly functioning teams within the workplace. Developing and practicing these skills leads to a solid foundation for achieving meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Communication tools and norms can ensure everyone within the organization has a voice and an opportunity to participate in and influence projects. Remember, half of communication is listening.
- Effectively identifying (self-awareness) and managing (self-management) your emotions while navigating the emotions of others (i.e., emotional intelligence) promotes empathy and psychological safety.
- Everyone needs to be open and willing to learn from one another. Interactive feedback can be used to bridge gaps and foster solutions.
- Encourage a culture of accountability—follow through on promises. Such actions demonstrate a commitment to DEI.
- Facilitate a process where all viewpoints and opinions are heard. Implement meeting structures and norms; use tools to ensure a balanced form.
- To increase team cohesion, encourage employees to explore their unconscious biases and analyze behaviors and assumptions. This will naturally build trust, support, and receptivity among team members.
Building an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace drives collaboration and creativity. Ensure your teams and leaders are equipped with the skills that foster this environment.
When employees feel included, there’s a 56% increase in job performance and a 50% reduction in turnover risk. (BetterUp)
Remember, your workplace is a microcosm of society–strive to have it model what you want to see in the world.