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Our differences make us stronger

Our differences make us stronger

Boost your bottom line with diversity and inclusion training

More and more, companies and businesses are recognizing the importance of promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace. These attributes not only help an organization grow and retain talented employees, they also lead to economic productivity because employees feel empowered. And while making your employees feel included and part of the team may seem like an obvious key to success, oftentimes employers don’t realize it’s missing, and if they do, they don’t know how to achieve it.

For those companies, making an investment in diversity and inclusion consulting can help create positive change and lead to  a strong, sustained return-on-investment.

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace It’s important to remember that diversity does not only pertain to race and ethnicity; it also includes gender, sexual orientation, age, class, physical ability, religious beliefs and political affiliations.

Diversity within an organization promotes innovation and creativity — a diverse group of employees brings different points of view and ideas to the table. While making an effort to hire more diverse candidates is a good start, it should not stop there. To get the best out of your employees, you must foster an environment of inclusion.

Inclusion takes all the things that make people different and allows for those differences to be an asset. Inclusion breeds growth. Inclusion gives employees a sense of belonging. Inclusion lets your employees know that it is safe to be different and that they are valued and respected. With inclusion comes a productive team.

Change starts at the top

Discussing diversity and inclusion in the workplace can be intimidating and awkward; it’s helpful to have a trusted expert who can provide your organization with the tools and guidance needed. It’s important to explore inequity topics and practice inclusion firsthand to create an environment in which employees feel comfortable to be themselves and to offer their different perspectives and viewpoints.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of your company’s success. Having an experienced, unbiased partner makes facilitating and implementing longterm equity much easier and will help:

  • Teach skills that individuals can utilize as they begin or continue their journey toward equity
  • Build commitments to policies and practices that create long-term, sustainable change • Encourage open dialogue and discussion toward the goal of mutual understanding
  • Raise awareness of inequities on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels 

Creating a More Equitable Workplace

When looking to invest in diversity and inclusion training, the consulting organization should provide your business with: 

Consultation and Transformation 

  • Customized strategic planning
  • Guidance in developing policies and practices for long-term, sustainable change
  • Professional and curriculum development

Assessment

  • Evaluation of the status of diversity and inclusion within your organization
  • Assessment of policies and procedures with an equity lens 
  • Individual and group assessments, including Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) 

Training and Development

  • Customized trainings and workshops to address your specific organizational goals
  • Implementation of initiatives that teach new communications skills
  • Activities that engage your employees in the process of change

Improved employee dynamics lead to an increased bottom line. By exploring how to change institutional practices and policies, your organization can connect the power of every person to the potential of your team.

YWCA Minneapolis is a trusted social justice organization leading the way in the field of racial equity. To help facilitate change and generate meaningful action in the workplace, YWCA Minneapolis created Inc.lude™ Equity & Inclusion Consulting. For more information about advancing diversity, inclusion and equity in your organization, visit YWCA's website