Lack of Action Leads to Lack of Results
Posted on April 13, 2022
When it comes to diversity in the workplace, companies often talk a big game. They claim to be committed to hiring diverse candidates, increasing the representation of underrepresented groups, and creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
But when it comes time to actually take action, many of these same companies fall short.
Failing to follow through on diversity initiatives is not only bad for business, but it’s also bad for employee morale.
Imagine being a part of a diversity initiative at your company, only to see the program fail because management wasn’t committed to making it work.
When it comes to diversity in the workplace, companies need to walk the talk. Merely paying lip service to the issue is not enough. Companies that are serious about diversity need to take concrete steps to increase the representation of underrepresented groups and create an inclusive environment for all employees.
Failing to follow through on diversity initiatives not only shows a lack of commitment to the issue, but also a lack of respect for employees. Companies that don’t follow through on their diversity promises send the message that they don’t take their employees’ concerns seriously. This can lead to low morale and a lack of trust and respect for the organization they work for.
People leave managers, not jobs. If the environment that someone is in isn’t good, they will leave. This is especially true for marginalized groups who often feel like they have to fight tooth and nail just to be heard and respected. When employees don’t feel like they belong at a company, they are more likely to experience stress and anxiety. This can lead to them feeling isolated and alone, which can eventually lead to them leaving the company altogether.
Feeling like they belong is critical for all employees, regardless of their age, identity, race, ethnicity, or culture. Feeling like they are part of a community and that their voices matter is what helps to create a strong sense of loyalty and commitment to an organization.
Having a diversity program is not enough. Taking action is where you get results.
There needs to be action taken in order to create an inclusive environment for all. This includes things like ensuring that people of all marginalized groups feel welcome, heard, and accepted. It also means creating opportunities for everyone to succeed.
By taking these steps, businesses can increase innovation, performance, and employee happiness. I’ll cover more on this topic in later posts, stay tuned.