Corporate cultures are changing, but there’s a long way to go before things become normalized for the better. While it’s good to see companies promote their allegiance with certain justice movements or common cultural causes, it’s not hard to think that this is mostly in order to offer good PR rather than anything they truly believe. For instance, it’s easy to add a pride flag to a product in celebration of pride month in order to generate sales, but do businesses really believe that? Or is this just a popular marketing opportunity for them?
It’s worth looking at the actual believes and practices of those in charge to find your answer. But that’s a topic for another time. Instead, we’d like to focus on positive measures, such as how many workplaces are becoming more inclusive and fostering a healthier culture as whistleblowers and brave individuals have alerted us to bad practices in the past.
If you run a business – how can YOU build a more inclusive and fairer work environment? It’s worth asking this question, because if you do this, you ultimately curate a better and healthier place to work. Let’s explore this question together:
A No-Tolerance Policy
A no-tolerance policy for harassment, sexual misconduct, bullying, belittling, aggressive behavior, and toxic communication should be found in your business. Confidential reporting systems should also be in place to ensure staff feel safe when reporting these behaviors, even if you must look at each case impartially and without an invested sense of bias. No-tolerance policies must also be no-tolerance for them to work. This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how infrequent those consequences can be. Full resignations should never be off the table.
Drug Testing & Care
It’s important to ensure your staff are afforded a caring, safe work environment. For this reason, drug testing can help you ensure everyone is pulling the team together and is acting in proper guidelines, especially if you work in an area where alertness is essential. While not all workplaces require this testing as a crucial prerequisite, applying common and equal standards like this can be important in firms that deem it appropriate. This way, your calibre of staff can remain professional, and you can avoid putting anyone at risk.
Renew Your Hiring Practices
What hiring practices do you have? One good idea to help you reduce a sense of bias when hiring, even without intention, is to completely remove the race and name requirements from each resume when reviewing them. This will naturally lead to the best-qualified individuals coming in for interview without caring for their race, gender, or ethnic background. As competence is found in all peoples, you will find that this leads to a naturally more diverse, competent, and fairly assigned team. Furthermore, also consider hiring internally to praise those who are great at their jobs. This will help you foster a company culture of hard work and reward.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily build a fairer, more inclusive working environment.