What is Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity refers to the existence of variations of different characteristics in a group of people and in the workplace most commonly refers to what shapes individuals’ identity. Inclusion is about how well these perspectives of different people are valued and integrated into an environment, in the case the workplace
Great Place to Work define a diverse and inclusive workplace as one that makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feel equally involved in and supported in all areas of the workplace.
Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace is also closely tied with discrimination which is why companies take action to identify and instil good working practices, which is where the role of HR comes in.
What is HR’s role?
On a basic level HR will provide the policies and procedures that a company needs to bring best practice management of diversity and inclusion into the workplace. But on a more strategic level it is HR’s role to ensure this is not seen as a one-off tick box exercise and that it is embedded as an ongoing commitment.
HR can access data to see how the demographics of the workforce correlate to what the company is aiming to achieve with its diversity and inclusion policy, but further to that HR can then engage with management and leaders within the business to drive the policy within its team.
The HR function has a unique aerial view of the diversity and inclusion impact on the organisation and should ensure effective strategies feed into every component of people management. Looking at everything from recruitment practices, ongoing performance management and appraisals processes and succession planning and workforce growth.
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