The Unite States workforce is evolving with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), becoming the watchword of the time. Especially Gen Z; they are not only the most diverse workforce, but they embrace diversity. As a result, implementing DEI programs is becoming the number one priority for HRs and managers.
The question is – How will you ensure that the diversity and inclusion you implemented make a meaningful impact on your organization? How will you measure its results?
To start you need to understand what is “DEI”
What Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are the three pedestals of an organization’s culture that defines how welcoming your workplace feels to all employees. DEI is all about hiring and managing a diverse workforce, creating an environment that encourages participation from all, and providing equal opportunity to every employee, regardless of their background.
Let’s break DEI into three parts for better understanding:
Diversity: It means any element or dimension that differentiates an individual or group from another. For an organization to be diverse, it should have people from different caste, sex, religion, ethnicity, nationality, age, education, marital status, disability, socioeconomic status, etc., working for them. Workplace diversity implies accepting these differences and treating each individual equally and fairly.
Equity: In layman’s terms, equity means “to be fair.” In the workplace, equity means treating all employees equally and providing them equal opportunities to learn and grow. Equity is about ensuring that the organization’s processes and programs are impartial and it offers equal possible results for all employees.
Inclusion: It is the practice of making people with different identities feel welcomed in an organization. Inclusion is all about the sense of belongingness, encouraging equal participation from everyone, and providing them with an equitable opportunity to contribute to the company and advance their skillset. Inclusion means diverse people can be themselves at work and still feel respected and valued.