Provide authentic development opportunities and workplace support

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Any inclusive recruitment success must be followed up with genuine development opportunities that are equally inclusive. Many organisations have experienced failure when it comes to retaining employees from a range of backgrounds; when we are told why, we have a duty to listen, and to act. The work environment must feel like a safe place for all, free from bias and discrimination. On top of that, staff development and chances for career progression should be demonstrably open to all.

How do I do it?

  • Ensure racially motivated discrimination or harassment is thoroughly investigated and tackled effectively
  • Have a public anti-racism policy
  • Investigate any biases in staff assessments and employee progression, and address them
  • Are staff from underrepresented groups being overlooked for promotion? If yes, figure out why
  • Listen to the experiences of underrepresented groups – do they feel authentic career development is offered at your organisation
  • Look to proactively progress the careers of staff from underrepresented backgrounds. Read the guidance on how to do it and seek out partnerships or training from experts.
  • Invest in quality diversity training for staff who making decisions on promoting and hiring employees
  • Workplace support is key in retaining diverse staff. Make use of the resources that outline how you can create a workplace where all staff feel included and can be their authentic selves
  • Learn how to make staff meetings more inclusive
  • Investigate pay inequality in your organisation and commit to pay equity
  • Be transparent with pay and diversity data – ideally publishing it annually
  • Review how staff can raise complaint about workplace behaviour; ensure staff feel able to speak up without negative repercussions, and that incidents will be taken seriously and addressed appropriately
  • Look out for programs, initiatives and networking opportunities that could enhance diversity and inclusion in a positive way for your workplace
  • Acknowledge that racism and discrimination exist. Be in a mindset to change it.

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