Diversity in the workplace is essential for business success. Maintain a diverse workforce, and you’ll gain greater insight into your customers’ needs, spark innovation and creativity, improve problem-solving solutions, and attract future diversity hires.
But it’s not always easy to retain a diverse workforce. Often, minority employees can have a harder time acclimating, and they may end up feeling isolated from the larger community as a result. To solve those problems, remember these five tips:
- Pair new employees with mentors
- Set up Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
- Provide diversity and inclusion training
- Treat everyone as an individual
- Listen to your staff
Make a mindful effort to implement as many of these tips as possible, and you’ll create a retention strategy that resonates with all staff members and gives your employees a stronger sense of inclusion, belonging, and acceptance.
Develop a community. Being on a team isn’t enough. To build a retention plan that resonates with your staff, you’ll need to give them a sense of community within that team. Ask yourself: “Am I listening to all voices, embracing differences, and promoting a sense of belonging for everyone?” Help your staff feel included, and they’ll be more likely to stick around for the long term.