Over the past few years, diversity and inclusion in the workplace has moved from niche, issues-oriented topics to mainstream discourse. As someone who has worked in the space, it is a welcome change. But as with anything that generates buzz, the hard work begins when companies translate value statements into concrete action.
So how can companies ensure that diversity and inclusion is carried out on a daily basis, deeply embedded in the company DNA, and not something paid lip service? That’s a question our People team think about a lot (a lot).
We define inclusion as a practice of celebrating and leveraging our differences to promote equality and drive better results. I’ll borrow this amazing metaphor from Verna Myers to encapsulate the difference between diversity and inclusion: If diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.
What gives that metaphor meaning is truly a kaleidoscope of activity: loud and subtle, planned and unplanned, from ground-up to top-down. Here are a few practices that we’ve found to be particularly powerful at Planet:
Mandatory Diversity and Inclusion Onboarding. When new employees join the company, one of the first onboarding sessions they attend is all about ...