In February, Moxē signed on to the Orlando Economic Partnership’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion pledge. Below are some tips on how to enhance diversity in the workplace:
• Build communities internally. Encourage employees to form their own communities within your organization where they can meet and talk openly about the issues they face. This can build a sense of camaraderie and allow people to share resources and solutions with each other.
• Show that you value individuals. Remember that employees are people too. Don’t lump a group of employees into a particular slot. Everyone brings their own expectations and experiences into the workplace. Get to know your people, and help them use their talents and express themselves authentically.
• Talk to people. You’ve got to be willing to have courageous conversations with your employees. Don’t just talk shop—ask them about their experiences at work and outside, and listen without judgment to their answers. Be willing to learn from people who aren’t just like you.
• Don’t single people or groups out. Don’t force people into uncomfortable situations. An Asian employee may not want to represent every Asian person in your organization. Treat people as individuals with their own unique viewpoints and perspectives, and don’t assume what’s true for one is equally true for all.
• Be flexible. As with any employee initiative, flexibility will go a long way toward showing your commitment to workers’ well-being. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has tended to hit Black and Latinx communities harder than others. so adapting policies to their needs will demonstrate that you’re sensitive to individuals’ challenges.
• Keep score. You don’t want to introduce a quota system, but you should keep track of how well you’re attracting diverse candidates and then promoting them once they’re on board. Track data over time to monitor your progress and make adjustments as necessary.