As diverse as the world is in terms of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, etc., it demands acceptance and inclusivity for optimal functioning. Organisations are no different.
Individuals who are different from each other in all possible ways right from race, language, food to way of life come together in a workplace with their unique set of ideas, experiences, questions, perspectives and possibilities. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a gift of the last century. It was in the 1950s that many in the corporate world realised the imperative need to accept such differences in the workplace. Since then, it has been an arduous journey with small and big jubilations. Over time, business organisations have realised, it is not enough to accept differences in the workforce. The larger need is to welcome and embrace them because diversity in the workplace improves productivity and creativity.
Being accepted at work can actually be life altering. For much of the population, a majority of our waking lives are spent at work. Studies suggest some 90,000 hours, or one-third of our lifetime! That fact alone underscores why organizations need to make D,E & I a critical agenda item. Imagine feeling judged, disrespected, underappreciated, pressured to conform and behave in a way that’s not true to who you are, that prevents you from bringing your whole self to the job. Creating a workplace that is inclusive and equitable is not a choice anymore.
A McKinsey survey shows
Gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their peers and competitors, while ethnically-diverse executive teams are 35% more likely to do the same.
By driving the D, E & I agenda, companies can see sharp increases in their profitability, employee engagement and retention levels
When everyone is included, everyone wins.
A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.
What is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion?
Diversity is inviting and creating a workforce that has representation from across the cross section of society.
Inclusion is creating an environment where everyone can not just survive but strive and thrive with equal opportunities.
And then there is equity, where vulnerable sections of the workforce are given an additional cushion to be on the same plane as everyone else. Inclusivity is even more critical than bringing in a diverse workforce to ensure retention of the diverse workforce you brought in.
Creating A Diverse & Inclusive Workforce
D,E & I might hold different meanings for different people but at the core of it, it is about accepting others for what they are. Acknowledging and accepting the uniqueness in each one of us. In a corporate context, it is about creating an environment that is welcoming to every single human who walks into the workplace.
D, E & I is a journey and not a destination. Injecting diversity, equity and inclusion into the DNA of the organization is imperative to build a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. Clearly defined goals and tangible action items are critical to stay on the course during the journey.
The KelpHR Way!
We travel with you in this journey. We stand with you not only to understand the paradox of it but also to identify ways to manage it; be alert and responsive so that together we can better channelise the diversity potential in your workplace resulting in greater performance and innovation.
The Diversity Journey
We know, one size doesn’t fit all. So, we customise our service offerings to suit your organisational needs. We also allow you to pick and choose our services based on your requirement – you can pick any one of our services or the entire gamut depending on your priorities.
Whether you are embarking on a D,E & I journey for the very first time or looking for a subject matter expert to elevate your D,E & I practices to the next level, KelpHR is your ideal partner.
What Do We Offer!
Customised inclusion solutions
Branding and communication strategy & implementation
Diversity & Inclusion diagnostic audits
Change from within – career growth for women
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What Do We Offer!
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Diagnostic Intersectionality Audits
KelpHR’s diversity, equity and inclusion audits are designed to conduct thorough assessment of the current state of mindsets in the organization towards diversity & inclusion. These help in understanding many perspectives – employee sentiments, the environment, how included do the employees feel at work and their experience of fairness, etc.
The audit finds answers to questions such as:
- Are women welcomed, supported and allowed to thrive?
- Are there enough opportunities and resources to enable growth?
- Are there any aggressions / bias faced even if there are opportunities?
- Are there any deterrents in growth?
- Do leaders recognise issues? Do they act on them?
- Is there a genuine commitment to make a difference?
- Is there a buddy culture in the system?
- How difficult is it for someone from a different background to break into this and feel included?
This audit takes an intersectional approach to analyse data. Responses reveal insights on how different groups may be experiencing the same workplace in very different ways.
Ploughing in the learnings from the intersectionality audit, either new inclusive policies are created or older inclusive policies are redesigned. We can value add or create at various stages of the Employee life cycle.
- Employee Referral Policies
- Hiring Policies and Procedures with potential for biases
- Performance Management, Merit Pay Increase Policy, Benefits Policy
- Dress Code Policy, holiday Policy
- Usage of Pronouns in the Policy
- Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy/Misconduct or Grievance Redressal Policy
- Infrastructure Audit
- Flexible Work Hours/ Work from Home Policy
- Women Returnee Programs
- Training and Development Policies
Branding And Communication Strategy & Implementation
According to a recent research conducted by an IT organisation, 68% of the leaders believe their company has created empowering environments in which employees can be themselves, raise concerns, and innovate without fear of failure. Only 36% of the employees agree with their leaders.
Communicating the intention of creating a diverse & inclusive environment is as critical as getting leaders on board and making D,E & I a part of an organisation’s strategy.
Trainings & Sensitization
We offer training programs to educate and empower various sections of the workforce, that include:
Mode of Delivery
Webinars for WFH Employees
Inperson classroom sessions
Case study based interventions
Focusing on Women
It is a proven fact that most women suffer from lack of confidence and can do much better with a little push to launch themselves into the upper echelons of power in the corporate world. With women in our minds, we have crafted specific programs to enable and empower them.
- Mentoring women
- Grooming women leaders
- Changing from within – career path for women
When it comes to D,E & I, we can help an organisation in more ways than one and make workforces feel more safe, comfortable, happy and inspired. Because we understand, what makes a beautiful bouquet is different flowers strung together, adding value to one another.