Posted September 10, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: DEI for Employers
How can you become a more diverse workplace? First, think about why you want to be. Stay tuned for more, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! As we’ve talked about diversity, equity and inclusion this week, I’ve mostly focused on strategies for diverse individuals to succeed at work. Today, let’s talk about this topic from an employer’s perspective.
If you’re a decision-maker at your organization, working to enhance DEI, where do you start? The first thing to think about is your reason for pursuing a more diverse workplace. You should see diversity not only as a means to improve business, but also as something you genuinely want to do.
Once you’ve settled your motivation, it’s time to get practical. Hire a DEI leader. Ask for input from your workforce on how you can be more inclusive. Consider external data on how other businesses have created a diverse workplace. Then, invest in making the required changes.
Remember, DEI is not just something to check a box and promote your company to potential candidates. It’s about an ongoing effort, where you continuously inform, educate, and motivate your people to create a workplace where anyone can be themselves.
Most people prefer to be part of an inclusive and fair work culture. Your efforts in that direction will both attract high-quality candidates and retain the talent you already employ. And that’s a win-win for everyone.
Thanks for being part of The Perna Syndicate this week, where we’re shifting the paradigm in education and careers. I’m your host, Mark Perna, and I’ll see you back here next week for more on The Perna Syndicate. Take care!