The Power of Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

In the challenging world of business – to say nothing of an environment made more difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic – employers should be squarely focused on building a workforce that provides a true competitive advantage. One of the best ways to do that is to make the principles of diversity and inclusion a central focus of your recruiting, employee engagement, and retention efforts.

At Alaant Workforce Solutions, we are deeply committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We know that organizations thrive when they engage distinctive viewpoints and enhance the value they provide to customers and the community. From our support and sponsorship of the Capital Region Chamber’s Talent and Inclusion Summit to the work we do with great companies every day, we believe in the power of taking purposeful action to advance inclusivity in the workplace.

How Diversity and Inclusion Strengthen Your Workforce

Every organization is best served when it brings a variety of unique skills and perspectives to its culture. In reflecting the make-up of its clients and community, organizations enhance the working environment. They encourage new ways of thinking and problem-solving, promote understanding and collaboration between co-workers, and open the doors to new opportunities – all of which translate to a more vibrant company that is better-positioned to serve the needs of its customers.

Identifying Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

As employers seek to build a workforce that embodies diversity and inclusion, it’s important to be aware of exactly what that means. Inclusivity comprises individuals of different ages, races and genders. It includes those from varying educational backgrounds and economic situations. And it encompasses those with a range of diverse abilities, sexual orientations and religions. In short, an organization’s workforce should reflect the depth and breadth of its community, and society in general. The result will be a stronger workforce, which in turn will enrich the company and the community.

How to Build a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

The first step in creating a workforce that is diverse and inclusive is to be committed at all levels of the organization, from the CEO and executive team to front-line staff. The effort cannot be successful unless it’s made a priority and the entire team is on board.

Once that happens, a two-pronged approach should follow. Internally, educate the entire staff on the importance and benefits of diversity and inclusion, and review and revise corporate policies as appropriate to encourage those values. In parallel, an external approach is critical. Get to know organizations in your community that promote and advocate for the uniqueness of individuals and society, and lend support to their efforts by building relationships and partnerships that assist in advancing mutual goals.  

Interested in strengthening your organization by creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce? We’ve helped many companies initiate and implement that process, and we’d love to assist yours. Contact us today and let’s get the conversation started!

About the Author

Miriam Dushane

Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner

Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the Capital District grow and thrive. She is passionate about helping talented professionals find the right job and her work in the community is focused on furthering our area as a center of economic vitality. Miriam likes to garden and care for her pets. She is a member of an adult-only skate group where she rollerblades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.