Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

How to Build a Culture around DEI in the Workplace

Every individual brings unique strengths and talents to their workplace. To empower employees and drive success, organizational leaders are building, advancing, and sustaining cultures that promote employee respect, diversity, and equity.

Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matters

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace means making all your employees feel involved and engaged so that they can be their whole, authentic selves inside and outside of the office. It means recognizing, accepting, and appreciating everyone for who they are and what they bring to enhance the employee experience.

By embracing DEI, you are building an organizational culture centered around the needs of your employees so that they can learn, inspire, and do their best work, which directly translates to success throughout your organization.

And the business case for DEI is stronger than ever, with diverse companies outperforming their less diverse peers. According to McKinsey & Company, organizations in the top quartile for ethnic/cultural diversity among executives were 36% more likely to achieve above-average profitability.

Make Inclusive Leadership the Foundation of your Business

Organizations of all sizes need bold leaders at every level equipped to address discrimination and bias. Building a culture of inclusion in the workplace is a must, and it has to start at the top. According to the Harvard Business Review, what leaders say and do makes up to a 70% difference as to whether an individual reports feeling included. And, the more that your employees speak up, the better they collaborate and perform.

In order to embed DEI into your company’s culture, leaders today must:

THE PILLARS OF SUCCESS: Implement and Scale a DEI Program Throughout Your Organization

Over the past few years, businesses have made significant investments in exploring diversity's power in the workforce. But how do you take the first steps to building a DEI program that makes a difference and scales across your business? How do you embed DEI into the foundation of your organization?

TAKE ACCOUNTABILITY

Motivate your organization to take the next step by tying diversity to performance goals and building out the right strategy and processes.

ESTABLISH DEI GOALS

Ask the right questions to set your objectives; What am I expecting equity and inclusion to do for my organization? Where does diversity fit into our greater strategy?

CREATE COMPANY VALUES

Set expectations from the beginning. Identify what equity and inclusion mean within your organization and how your employees will be held responsible.

TRAIN YOUR MANAGERS

Provide your leaders with the resources and knowledge that they need to be successful in embedding DEI into workplace culture.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Ensure leadership and management buy-in so DEI initiatives will be implemented and enforced. Leadership participation in DEI training and initiatives will also set a precedent for workplace inclusion.

Hear How

TaChelle Lawson, Founder and President of FIG Strategy and Consulting, and Stephanie Wade, Political Organizer, Transgender Advocate, Educator, Speaker, Former Field Representative and Veteran's Liaison to U.S. Congressmen Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr., share insights on how to put DEI into action within your workplace on The Edge podcast.

SKILLSOFT DEI INITITATIVES

We have crafted experiences to help you build an engaging and empowering DEI initiative in your organization.

Inclusion Without Exceptions

Skillsoft and Special Olympics work to support inclusive workplaces for people with intellectual disabilities. Understand the disparities faced by people with intellectual disabilities and learn how to nurture inclusivity and equity in the workplace for people of all abilities through our curated resources and courses.

THE PINK PANDEMIC

Women around the world have been affected by the financial and social fallout of the pandemic more so than their male counterparts. Skillsoft has identified how learning can play a pivotal role in addressing gender inequality, and has curated content to help women and organizations to refocus and rebuild their careers.

GET STARTED TODAY

Dive into our DEI courses and training designed for learners and leaders alike. Learn how to build a culture around trust, inclusion, equality, and social diversity.

ADDITIONAL DEI RESOURCES

LEADERCAMP: ADVANCING MEANINGFUL DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Learn how organizations can take the next step to build a truly inclusive and equal environment for all employees.

UNDERSTANDING BIAS IN DATA BOOTCAMP

Understand the impact of unconscious bias and learn how to identify and tackle discrimination effectively.

LEADERCAMP: DE&I WORKING TOWARDS AN EQUITABLE FUTURE

Learn how to create an equitable and equal workplace. Hosted by People Matters and Skillsoft.