Today’s hyper political environment has heightened employee sensitivity to issues and topics related to Diversity and Inclusion. In light of the 24/7 news cycle and endless social media feeds, it is no longer realistic or prudent for companies to hold to the notion that diversity issues that deal with sensitive topics such as race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and the like are off limits for discussion in the workplace. In fact, remaining silent on these topics in the workplace undermines engagement and drives turnover rates among employees affected by these emotionally charged topics. Courageous and enlightened companies committed to the retention and engagement of all employees have begun to recognize the inherent value in sanctioning the discussion of race relations and other hot button topics in the workplace. Such employers have also created and support Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) which offer employers insight into the context surrounding these complex issues and help to develop a constructive forum and framework for discussion. Employee surveys at these companies bear out that a Company’s willingness to provide forums for the discussion of difficult diversity issues and embrace ERGs promote workplace inclusion and deepen employee trust and engagement; therefore decrease employee turnover.
Learn the tried and true strategies and tactics needed to:
· Properly assess which high profile societal topics are appropriate for workplace discussion forums
· Form relevant and highly engaged ERGs
· Celebrate diversity and reinforce and promote a culture of inclusion through open dialogue and ERG engagement