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Improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Authors: Sharon E. Jones, Jones Diversity Group and the XpertHR Editorial Team


Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) should be a top strategic priority for employers if that is not the case already. Benefits of embedding diverse and inclusive cultures at every level of an organization include:

  • Having more innovative teams;
  • Increasing employee engagement productivity and morale; and
  • Supporting an organization's recruitment and retention strategies.

A diverse and inclusive culture can also serve as a competitive advantage. A McKinsey & Company report, Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters, states, "The most diverse companies are now more likely than ever to outperform non-diverse companies on profitability."

HR professionals should take meaningful steps to advance DEI in their organization and develop a business case for it. This involves convincing senior management to see the value of DEI initiatives and how they benefit the workplace.

This guide discusses how employers can improve DEI through data analysis, as well as how strategic recruiting and outreach efforts play a vital role in increasing workplace diversity. It also illustrates how to create a workplace culture that values differences among employees while providing them with an equal opportunity for success.