By now, you should have been able to gather some very pertinent information from this series and began implementing some of those very basic strategies into your everyday work flow. If not, you’re in trouble. And since I’m guessing that most of you are still “iffy” about what to do and how to do it, please, allow me to be blunt.
Don’t view D&I (diversity and inclusion in the workplace) as something you have to consciously think about every day. It shouldn’t be on your daily checklist.
– Meeting with the boss
– Product Review
– Be inclusive to everybody
You do have to be intentional about D&I, but the most important part of it is already inside you—humanity. If it’s not already there, D&I issues are the least of your problems.
D&I best practices go back to your childhood life lessons:
– Don’t talk about people
– Don’t call people names
– Listen when others are talking
– Work well together
– And as elementary this sounds, be nice!
At this point, you’re probably thinking this is B.S., but think about it this way, if you want your company to pay out billions in lawsuits to call someone the “N-word” behind their back, go right ahead and keep doing business as usual. If not, then look a little deeper and see what your company can avoid.
- Texaco paid out $176M for “name calling.” Some of their employees chose to call other employees names.
- Coca-Cola paid out $192.5M for the same reason, including excluding people from meetings and promotions.
- Because their boys could “not work well together,” Wells Fargo paid out $32M in a gender lawsuit for not working well with their female employees.
- Wal-Mart is currently in the middle of the largest class action lawsuit in American history for also not working well with their female employees.
The list goes on and on because the five rules listed above were constantly violated. I bet you wish you had listened your mother a little more closely now.
In order to avoid these types of corporate “reprimands,” you begin by intentionally remembering what it is like to be human. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
As I said, this is easy. Stop making it so damn hard! If you still find it hard, then give your mom or grandma a call.
Written by Risha Grant, CEO of Xposure, Inc
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