December is one of my favorite months. Aside from wrapping up another year, it’s also a time where I gather around the dinner table with friends and family to celebrate diverse cultural beliefs, honor faith, and share my appreciation for their impact on my life. Generosity and belonging at these gatherings create a sense of warmth while also offering a chance to make memories and develop deeper connections through shared experiences.
Today, I’m sharing my appreciation for organizations in their efforts to create diverse and inclusive workplaces. As HR leaders seek to support their workforce and community, there’s a similar sense of warmth in knowing all employees are supported, giving them the confidence to be the most authentic version of themselves at work.
Diverse and inclusive workplaces aren’t just about warm feelings. It is also good for the business, and companies with higher diversity have 36% better financial performance. In fact, Deloitte found that diverse thinking enhances team innovation by up to 20%, contributing benefits to team collaboration and decision-making. Without a doubt, workers know that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DE&I) workplace adds to the bottom line.
One company that understands the importance of DE&I is DHL Supply Chain, a global logistics leader. Through their internal ‘I Am Diversity’ campaign, employees share their voices on a companywide platform while showcasing their strengths within the organization. It’s a powerful program that helps the workforce be heard and challenges existing HR processes and practices.
For example, the company is transforming its recruiting function, incorporating unconscious bias and pre-set KPIs in its hiring process. As a result, the company has increased its focus on promoting gender diversity to considering non-traditional candidates. And change is starting to happen: Over 40% of their graduates and next-generation leaders recruited in 2020 were women. As we enter 2022, these efforts are critical for building a diverse and inclusive culture.
Whether it’s creating warmth through the support of HR or making conscious changes in the business for increased diversity and inclusion in the workplace, there’s much to be appreciated in the efforts of HR leaders this holiday season. It’s a smart business decision that adds to the bottom line of any organization and strengthens a workforce for the future.
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Albert Qian is the senior content marketing manager for the Oracle Cloud HCM Campaigns team and the editor-in-chief for this blog. He's passionate about telling the story of HR technology and how it can create better workforces.