Top Ways to Create a More Inclusive Workplace (Version 3)

Feb 27, 2021 by

Most people will agree that Silicon Valley has a diversity and inclusion problem. Uber, perhaps the brightest product of Silicon Valley in the last few years, is not exempt. It’s a predominantly white company with allegations of sexism, bias, and mismanagement. 

The allegations first began to erupt in 2017 have continued since. The company has attempted to rebuild its reputation (even launching a half-billion-dollar marketing campaign in 2018) since #DeleteUber was trending. Unfortunately, it hasn’t had much success. 

In this 2017 Time article, Ellen Pao, partner at Kapor Capital, sagely states, “Most people believe that diversity and inclusion are an open, fair culture are good for business. The problem is that some people believe their practices and companies are diverse and inclusive when they’re not.”

This blog will discuss how you can avoid Uber’s mistakes: lawsuits, bad PR, and frequent employee turnover. Here are the top ways to create a more inclusive workplace. 

  1. Remember that management sets the tone

If you want to create a more inclusive company and workplace, your biggest allies are your management team. Without buy-in from the top, it’ll be nearly impossible to prioritize diversity and inclusivity. So, make sure your company’s leaders are educated about these initiatives and able to set the authentic and inclusive tone that your company needs to be successful. 

  1. Integrate inclusivity into your core values

Like the quote above says, people often think they are being diverse and inclusive just because they put it in their mission statement. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. Just because you want to be inclusive doesn’t mean you’re taking the steps to do it. Make it a habit to revisit your company’s core vision periodically and evaluate whether or not you’re following through on what you said you prioritize. 

If you want to make it most effective, it’s often wise to reach out for feedback. How do your employees and HR department think you could improve upon these core values or take actionable steps toward reaching them? These additional perspectives can help you redirect your steps if you’re not as successful as you’d like to be. Plus, by widening input, you can earn additional buy-in. 

  1. Create an inclusive workplace task force

You must have management’s buy-in to create an inclusive workplace, but they’re not the only key players you need. To bring your organization’s inclusive culture to life, consider creating an inclusive workplace task force. This task force would bring new initiatives back to leadership and work with management within the company o implement and communicate change. 

The individuals on this task force would need to put forth some extra time and effort to help you realize your vision of a diverse and inclusive workplace. They must also be diverse themselves as together they’ll represent the varying social demographics in the office.

Be sure you’re tactful as you recruit members. While you want the task force to represent the office, you don’t want to make anyone feel tokenized in the process. 

Final thoughts 

Are you ready for a more inclusive workplace? These tips can help you set up a good foundation for your company and avoid any of the risks that come with diversity and inclusion mistakes. But you should strongly consider diversity training videos as a starting point for training your entire organization – from the top down.

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