This is how you can enhance Diversity & Inclusion today
When it comes to fostering diversity and being truly inclusive, it is not always obvious how you can quickly make a difference yourself. We asked around within our D&I networks and offer you 14 useful tips that you can put into practice right away.
Within Deloitte Netherlands, there are three communities that address the importance of a diverse & inclusive culture: Cultural Diversity, GLOBE and the Women's network. We asked them: what can everyone do right away to make a positive impact on diversity & inclusion?
Small, everyday actions that make a difference
Their response brought us the following list. By performing these small and everyday actions, you can help create a culture in which everyone feels welcome.
- Show genuine interest in your colleagues, especially in the ones you don’t know that well.
- Smile at others.
- Ask yourself: ‘Would I treat her differently if she were a man?’ or ‘Do you treat this person differently because he/she is different from me/has different interests/has a different cultural background?’
- Do not judge others.
- Speak English when international colleagues are around and be the one to suggest a group switches to English so that everyone present can follow the conversation.
- Try not to make assumptions about how someone else prefers to work or interact. Consider having one-on-one meetings or debriefs after large group discussions to see how your team is actually feeling.
- Before scheduling events or meetings, consider others and their schedules, diets, language, location, setting and communication style.
- Challenge yourself to not use any gender-related pronouns or words for a day. If your colleagues ask you questions such as ‘do you have a boyfriend at home?’ when in fact you have a girlfriend, this makes coming out even more difficult.
- Make teams as diverse as possible – don’t always work with the same people.
- Have an open conversation with a person you have not talked with before. Show sincere interest, be curious, ask about things that are new or different to you.
- Ask expats about the cultural differences they have come across.
- Celebrate others’ work and acknowledge how differences add value to the team.
- Make an effort to understand multiple viewpoints and aim to work with those who think and behave differently from you, and/or have different beliefs.
- If you notice someone being left out or being treated unfairly, speak up. We are all responsible for the culture in which we work.