Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) have become buzzwords in workplaces across the US, with many companies recognizing the importance of creating an environment where everyone can do their best work. However, the task of achieving DEI in the workplace can seem daunting, especially for smaller businesses. Fortunately, small changes can have a massive impact when it comes to creating a workplace that is welcoming and supportive for all employees.
Here are some small DEI workplace changes that can make a huge difference.
Use Inclusive Language in Your IT Job Descriptions
Language has a powerful impact on how people perceive their environment and their sense of belonging. Small changes to language can make a big difference in creating a more inclusive workplace. For example, using gender-neutral pronouns like “they/them” or “ze/zir” when referring to someone whose gender identity you are unsure of, or avoiding the use of gendered terms like “ladies and gentlemen.”
Implement Unconscious Bias Training for Your Employees
Unconscious bias is the unintentional preference for one group over another. It can be challenging to recognize and address unconscious bias, but there are many training programs available that can help. Implementing unconscious bias training for all employees, including your recruiters, can help raise awareness of these biases and encourage everyone to be more mindful of their actions and attitudes.
Offer Flexible Work Arrangements
Flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting or flextime, can be a game-changer for employees who have caregiving responsibilities or other obligations outside of work. Offering these options can help attract and retain diverse talent and create a more inclusive workplace culture.
Create a Diverse Hiring Committee
A diverse hiring committee can help ensure that the hiring process is fair and unbiased. When selecting a hiring committee, consider including individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This can help prevent groupthink and ensure that all candidates are evaluated fairly.
Celebrate Diverse Holidays and Events
Recognizing and celebrating diverse holidays and events can help create a sense of belonging for employees from different backgrounds.
Create an Employee Resource Group
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are a great way to foster a sense of community and support for employees from underrepresented groups. ERGs can provide a space for employees to network, share experiences, and advocate for change within the company.
Conduct Regular Diversity Assessments
Regular diversity assessments can help companies understand where they stand when it comes to DEI. This can include gathering data on demographics, conducting employee surveys, and evaluating company policies and practices. This information can help companies identify areas for improvement and develop a plan for creating a more inclusive workplace.
Outsource Your Hiring Efforts to a DEI-Focused Tech Recruiting Agency
Prosum focuses strongly on DEI initiatives because we know a diverse tech team is more innovative—and it’s simply the right thing to do. Prosum is also a certified Minority Business Enterprise through the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council. We help employers create a ripple of change across their organizations as they further their DEI mission. Contact Prosum today to get started.