Times have changed. People have changed. Therefore, companies must change as well. It is now time to celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion, everywhere, starting from the workplaces.
Only companies with a strong sense of sensibility, flexibility, and tolerance will be able to adapt to a whole new era. Most of the active generations are ambitious and with strong values linked to their personality and experiences. While it was impossible a few years ago, nowadays, you can be hired by a company in a completely different country in just a couple of days. This has changed everything in the workplaces and the employment choices of new generations.
Most of our parents and grandparents were mostly thinking about developing their careers within their local environment, or maybe they would consider moving within their own country. However, now the reality is completely different. There are millions of opportunities everywhere and people are aware of this, and they are willing to search and find the right place:A company with no fear to show diversity, equity, and inclusion as their core values to the world!
Why diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) matter, especially in the workplace:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion bring confidence to your employees.
A company that has no fear to celebrate diversity and values inclusion by giving them all a voice and having policies helping to ensure equity will develop strong employee retention and engagement. Is there anyone left who wants to work for a company with a close-minded value system?
A brand is like a person, and that is why it needs to clearly defend what makes its personality. A brand that decides not to show its values is like a person who stays silent in a changing world. This means a lost opportunity for companies. Especially nowadays, showing those values can become an important magnet for talent acquisition.
Companies with an old mindset and unflexible rules have their days counted. Only open-minded organizations will be able to survive in the world where we live.
“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”
— Malcolm Forbes
We need companies that are open to listening to their employees and trying to understand their needs.
That’s the best a good company can do. By paying attention to their essence, their needs, and their struggles, it will be much easier to adapt the company to the new workforce.
Not just recognising it as a company, but letting everyone get involved with the celebration is crucial. Have you thought about making events to encourage your employees to celebrate each other? Invite your teams to organise a run, a charity event, a concert, dinner or participate in the Pride Parades as the company. Anything with a purpose behind it counts. You will see that all these kinds of events will motivate your employees and let them feel seen, be heard and included and show their support to their colleagues.
“There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand that right soon,
there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.”
— Isaac Asimov
Remember that the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion is born when we are really aware of their real meaning and practices both in recruitment and employment times. Only when a company fully understands the importance of including people from a diverse range of cultures and perspectives and actually practices providing them with the necessary opportunities to overcome inequalities and discrimination at the workplace, they can really move forward. Unfortunately, this is still not the reality for many companies and organisations but, in the meantime, we can start by giving example and celebrating that.
All in all, despite our differences, we are all together under the only tag that truly matters: HUMANITY.