Unsurprisingly in an age of greater equity, scrutiny, and personal awareness, four in five workers now want to work for firms that make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority. Moreover, a whopping 90% are fully on-board with and committed to promoting the cause DEI in the workplace. Creating happier, more inclusive, and equitable companies is a systemic challenge though, with effective positive change here requiring law industry leaders to rethink the fundamental way that businesses operate from three dimensions: Workplace, workforce, and working model. That said, with 75% of workplace leaders now measuring success in terms of employee satisfaction, it’s clear that it’s a challenge we must rise to as we work to create more equitable and diverse workspaces.
Be advised, however: As we note in new book FUN AT WORK, the idea of “diversity” doesn’t always describe something immediately visible to the naked eye, e.g. in the form of age, race, or gender. We must also actively work to promote diversity of thought, opinion, and perspective in our enterprises if we hope to be successful. As we’re all-too-aware, when groupthink takes hold, you can’t give your best efforts in terms of creativity or innovation, or consistently ensure that the best ideas are brought to the table. To ensure that you’re championing the cause of DEI in your office, this means having to ensure that everyone on your team has the support and backing they need to routinely speak up, take action, and give their best efforts under any working conditions. Likewise, you’ve also got to ensure that all team members are engaged, enjoy a positive experience, and that you’re providing platforms and processes for their voices to be heard.