At Porpoise, we love to #CelebrateTheGood. This year for International Women's Day, we wanted to provide a few tips for how you can foster a workplace that promotes equality and inclusion. Below you will find 7 tips as well as a few examples of companies that are leading the charge. We encourage you to join the conversation and celebrate women’s achievement, and support companies that are raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality!
7 Ways to Promote Equality & Inclusion in the Workplace
1. Form Strategic Partnerships
Form partnerships with organizations that support the mission you are trying to support. For example, it’s common for tech companies to partner with non profit organizations like Canada Learning Code or Girls Learning Code. If you're looking to make a difference in a specific area, don't be afraid to look for support from a third party. It's a win-win situation where your company can save time and resources, and the non profit can serve their mission. By solidifying strategic partnerships with non profit organizations you can maximize your impact by leveraging their expertise.
2. Use What You've Built
If your company has developed technology, use it for the greater good! Use the platform that you’ve developed in your sector and leverage what you do best to make an impact. As an example, last year we promoted donations through our platform to various non profits like YWCA and CrossRoads For Women. We raised money internally and also encouraged others to do the same. Another example of this can be seen from Unsplash, who are highlighting inspiring photographs of women on their platform.
3. Host Workshops and Events
Consider hosting workshops and events that promote networking and awareness around diversity and inclusion. These events can be useful for connecting employees, providing a better understanding of the benefits of diverse and inclusive workplaces, as well as sharing tips for how to become more inclusive.
4. Form Internal Communities and Champions
Consider appointing senior diversity champions and encouraging the formation of Employee Resource Groups and Business Resource Groups. These networks are great for integrating your diverse workplace while also promoting a sense of inclusion. Twitter and Salesforce both have several ERGs that are active both inside the company and in the community.
5. Reconsider How You Hire
Consider your hiring process. Are your job descriptions inclusive? What types of questions are you asking throughout the interview process? How might bias and discrimination be affecting who you hire? It can be extremely beneficial to take a step back and evaluate how unconscious bias might be affecting your hiring practices.
6. Measure Your Progress
Another way to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace is to measure where you stand. We’ve written before that companies measure what matters to them. One company that does an exceptional job at this is Lyft. They go one step further by practicing transparency and disclosing their diversity and inclusion data on their website.
7. Consider Your Benefit Packages
Offer benefits that promote inclusion and equality. First, eliminate the gender pay gap within your organization. Consider your maternity leave the benefits you offer. The company that stands out in this area is Patagonia. Not only do they offer free, on-site childcare, they also offer up to 16 weeks paid maternity for Mothers, while fathers are entitled to 12.
These are just a few of the many ways your company can make a conscious effort to become more diverse and inclusive. By adopting these and other changes, we can create a better working world by embracing diversity as a strength. Do you have other suggestions or ideas for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace? We'd love to hear them in the comments below!
About International Women’s Day: International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Learn more about International Women’s Day here.