Creating and encouraging a diverse culture in a modern business organization is essential. There should be no room for judgements based on religion, skin color, sexual orientation, etc. Everyone has the legal right to work and make money with their skillset.
Being a diverse and inclusive company is not achieved by just hiring all kinds of people to work for you. You need to aim to create an environment where employees are truly accepted by management and each other. Nobody should be judged by any quality other than their job performance. This is how you can make your employees happy and help reduce turnover.
Here are a couple of tips to help you create such an office culture.
Hire different people
The place where it all starts is with your hiring process. You must be willing to hire people of different profiles if you are ever going to have a diverse team at your company. You will never be able to create a diverse culture if there is no diversity.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should hire people just because they have different backgrounds. Look for good employees that have the necessary skills and don’t be limited when it comes to their story.
Punish all actions that are based on prejudices
Sanctions can be a very powerful tool. It’s important that you show that prejudice will not be tolerated. Additionally, make it clear that everyone has room for one or two strikes and that if something similar happens again, they will be sanctioned.
Rules are necessary, and each should have predetermined sanctions. Make sure that all of your employees are aware of all the rules and the consequences.
Create a brand that celebrates diversity
It is not only important that you show diversity and inclusion internally, but externally as well. These are mutually connected and they affect each other. A brand can be a strong influence on both the customers and its employees.
If you are consistently sending a branding message that your business cherishes all cultures, then you influence your employees to behave this way. Your employees are brand ambassadors, and their behavior is usually consistent with the brand.
It is also worth noting that millennials, who are making up more and more of the job force, place a stronger value in a company's integrity than in year's past. Paying attention to your company's ethics and moral compass and communicating these efforts internally and externally can help attract and retain millennials.
Celebrate important holidays
A terrific opportunity to celebrate the variety of culture in your company is to encourage people to celebrate different holidays in your office. This is how people will get to know more about each other’s heritage, religion, and any other cultural traits.
By learning more from each other, people will start accepting each other in greater measure. This helps build tolerance and respect.
These are some of the best methods you can use to promote an inclusive and diverse culture in your business. If your corporation is quite large, it may be very useful to hire a diversity officer who would work with your HR staff in helping promote diversity in the workplace.