Advancing the Principles of
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Many small and medium-sized businesses do not have a formal effort or focus on diversity and inclusion within their organizations. Many don’t have any internal Human Resource or talent focused roles – let alone a role focused on diversity. This type of effort for smaller organizations is led by a business leader who determines why it is important for the organization and decides to champion progress.
Once an internal champion begins to focus on this opportunity, the real challenge begins: figuring out where to start. NexusPoint is helping businesses do just that, and while each organization’s journey is unique, there are common themes related to the approaches that gain momentum.
What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
Diversity is the presence of difference within a giving setting. In this case, the workplace is the setting and the differences typically refer to identity like race and gender, and sometimes ethnicity, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. A person isn’t diverse. They’re unique. They can bring diversity to a group though. You’re not looking for a diverse candidate. Diversity is about a collective or a group.
Equity is an approach that ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equity recognizes that we don’t all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. It’s a process that acknowledges uneven starting places and seeks to correct the imbalance. Diversity and inclusion are both outcomes. Equity is not. It refers to the process an organization engages in to ensure that people with marginalized identities have the opportunity to grow, contribute, and develop.
Inclusion has to do with people with different identities feeling and/or being valued, leveraged, and welcomed within a given setting (whether that’s a team, workplace, or industry). Longtime Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion educator, Verna Myers, said: “Diversity is being asked to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” Inclusion isn’t a natural consequence of diversity. You can have a diverse team of talent, but that doesn’t mean they feel welcomed or valued or are given opportunities to grow.
To help companies and organizations leverage a diverse and inclusive workforce to achieve business excellence, decrease the current wage and gender disparities, and foster a culture of inclusion through diversity recruiting, consulting, educational programs, and/or training and workshops.
Why a Diverse & Inclusive Workforce Matters
Businesses do better when people feel like they belong. At NexusPoint, we take diversity recruitment for both men and women to a more meaningful level. Our inclusion focused approach allows our full cycle recruiting to complement your internal hiring practices by working through those logistics together to create a streamlined process.
Workplaces embracing diversity and inclusion achieve more.
Higher revenue numbers
Increased employee performance
More year-over-year growth