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what's most important
In order to form diverse teams, the most important thing is to give your employees the chance to be themselves. This demands trust and commitment. Show confidence in those you have hired and respond to their wants and needs. If you create a culture where everyone is valued, everyone will do their best to succeed.
The result: diversity delivers benefits and not just for your team. Diversity brings success to your company. And if you have the courage to take on the challenge, you will soon reap the rewards of your broadened perspective of what makes for an effective team.
The best advice I can give HR managers is to be brave. Think outside of the box. For example, when you create shortlists of potential employees. Make sure the list includes candidates who show drive, curiosity, and motivation. If their background and experience differs from that of your current employees, they may bring new perspectives to your team. This can be a significant win for your company.
Your courage to make unconventional hiring decisions may not always be successful, but when it is, it will be of great benefit to your team.
An increase in diversity in your company will bear fruit. It is an investment in the future. It's not enough just to write a diversity policy. It's not enough just to meet quotas. Diversity has to be an integral part of the culture. From top-down as well as bottom-up.
live & breathe diversity
Put diversity on the agenda of board meetings. Find allies to make diversity a priority. Develop content and campaigns to get attention. Create videos, blogs, events, and other activities to reinforce and deepen the message. Be a role model yourself. Live & breathe diversity.
Ask yourself how diverse your company is. Do women, men, and minorities get paid the same for the same work? Do you promote a culture of inclusion, diversity, and different views? Is there a balance and equality in age groups and backgrounds in your company?
If not, there's still work to be done.