Companies are seeking ways to level the playing field when it comes to diversity and inclusion amongst employees. Here are a few ways to level the playing field that can be implemented in companies to ensure underrepresented groups of people are provided with equal opportunities.
1. Hire from a diverse talent pool
In order to level the playing field, it is important to talk about hiring black talent. To do this it is important that companies train hiring managers to recruit fairly from a diverse pool of candidates . It is important that companies hire people based on their abilities and value to the job role rather than their physical appearance and making assumptions.
2. Board of directors
Having a diverse board of directors is extremely important for all companies. There needs to be diversity across the ranks especially at the highest positions. By having this, this will lead to workforce diversity and positive business performance. By having a diverse board of directors this shows the businesses commitment to searching and recruiting incredible talent regardless of the persons race. Board directors are also the most influential in the company so by being diverse and sharing different opinions from individuals with different backgrounds, this leads to excellent business decision making which impacts the overall workplace and bottom line.
In the workplace there are many ways employers can implement race equality in their organisations :
– There should be a clear zero tolerance policy to racism and how this would be dealt with in the company if racism occurs. This is something that has to be communicated throughout the whole organisation and taken seriously.
– Employees must be trained in how to handle situations considered to be racist – if they experience or witness it.
– It is also important to ensure that senior staff always take action and follow through if there are any signs of harassment and racism.
Most importantly, workplaces need to implement mandatory training on race equality that has to be completed by all staff.
Mentoring is a vital aspect in the workplace when retaining diverse talent. Mentors play a huge role in the progression of the employees’ role and help them throughout their career. It is important that there are mentorship programs available and that employees from underrepresented backgrounds are able to find and be informed about getting a mentor when they are working.
5. Fair recruitment
Fair recruitment is important in the workplace and needs to be implemented so that everyone has the same chance of gaining a new role. When recruiting new talent, it is extremely important that potential candidates are judged on their abilities rather than their characteristics. This method has to be carried out from the initial application stage to when they are employed to ensure their opportunity was fair and equal. By creating a fairer recruitment process this will naturally lead to greater inclusion and diversity and avoid human biases.
In order to level the playing field, opportunities must be provided to all employees regardless of their background. By providing equal opportunities this leads to equal chances of people of all races to progress in their careers and establish a diverse workplace.
These are just a few ways that companies can level the playing field in the workplace, however these need to be firmly implemented and action needs to be taken in order for it to be ingrained in the company and for the results to show.
As black history month draws to a close in the UK, this is not the end of the discussion, this is an opportunity to do more to change the future trajectory of each organisation in the fight for greater diversity and inclusion.