IECRM’s newest committee, The Diversity & Inclusion Committee, presented a panel discussion to more than 60 members at the February 27 Quarterly Member Luncheon at the IECRM Main Campus in Northglenn.
The discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace was moderated by special guest, IEC National Foundation Director LaNa Howard. Panelists Leighland Gutierrez, Sam Gluck, Dennis Walker, and Londell Jackson from the Diversity & Inclusion Committee gave examples of best practices demonstrated in their current companies.
Panelists shared their perspectives and strategies for diversity and inclusion. For many decades, companies have put emphasis on diversity in the workforce… but are those companies’ definitions of “diversity” outdated? For example, the word diversity not only represents differences in race, religion, gender, age, and disability but it can also cover other differences including lifestyles, personalities, education levels, and more. What about inclusion? Take a moment to consider your definition of inclusion… Inclusivity is creating a welcoming environment, in which employees are valued, accepted, and encouraged to fully participate in the organization. If you don’t have clearly defined goals and initiatives in place for both diversity and inclusion, then a company will not maximize from the benefits of having the full spectrum of perspectives of demographic variety.
More and more companies in the U.S. are putting Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at the forefront and adding specialized personnel or are training their Human Resources personnel on best practices to ensure that they are keeping up with what is important to their current and future workforce. If you do not already have Diversity & Inclusion initiatives within your company, IECRM’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee is available to help get your company up to speed with resources available for member companies to help them develop strategies and the best practices for their initiatives so that they can leverage the competitive advantage of the culture that will attract and retain a high-quality workforce. Join the committee at the next meeting on Wednesday, April 8.