In the early hours of this morning as I fed my baby, I was inspired reading so many Martin Luther King quotes shared across my network. The most poignant to me was simple, “The time is always right to do what is right”. As an aspiring B Corporation we are committed to helping anyone with a real commitment to Diversity. Not just for the optics, B Corps are committed to doing social good and are required to consider the long-term effects of their practices on their workers. The entire point of a B Corps is to commit to values and stand for social good in the business world. There is no doubt that a diverse workplace is a social good. Ensuring that any person, regardless of their age, race, gender, or religion, has an equal chance at a job they are qualified for is one of the standards for a business that believes in social change.
However, as it turns out, social change is not the only reason to have a diverse workplace. Diverse teams are more effective too. A 2018 study showed that racially diverse workplaces were 33% more effective than average in terms of productivity and finances. Gender diverse workplaces did 21% better using those same metrics. And optics do matter. The positive press your organization will get for a diverse workplace will always outweigh the cost. But what is B Corps UK, and how do you properly diversify your workforce?
What is B Corps UK?
B Corps meet the highest possible standards when it comes to verified social and environmental positive change. They are publicly transparent in their actions to sure that there is accountability when balancing profit and purpose. They embody a global transformation to provide a more inclusive and environmentally friendly economy. Many of society’s most pressing problems can’t be solved simply by government or non-profit organizations by themselves. B corps use their finances and expansion to provide positive outcomes for their staff, the communities they’re in, and the environment at large. B corps work to lessen inequality and poverty while creating a healthier social environment, strengthening their communities, and creating more well-paying jobs for people of all backgrounds.
How can you diversify your workplace?
Hire with an aim toward diversity: At the very start of your business or team, have inclusion be a significant part of your business plan. A diverse company or group tends to transform into a larger inclusive workplace organically.
Craft an inclusive narrative: People like to pretend to crave data, but what truly motivates us are stories. Make sure that the narratives you craft concerning your workforce are ones of successful inclusion. Whenever possible, blend your workers’ experiences from other cultures and backgrounds to share their stories openly.
Look at where your talent comes from: If you’re only drawing talent from premier universities, it will be challenging to create a workforce with diverse backgrounds. There is great talent to be found in smaller universities, non-profit organizations, and experienced workers that will broaden your staff’s diversity.
Start a mentoring program: When you hire new employees, assign them a mentor with more experience. Team new hires with people already steeped in your work culture. You don’t always need to create diverse teams. Let it happen organically. Sometimes the team’s goal may be more suited to people of similar cultural backgrounds, while at other times, mixed cultural heritage may improve the project at which you are aiming.
Ensure that there is diverse representation on all levels: If you are going to have a successful inclusive organization, having diverse officers is necessary. Executives will be doing the majority of the hiring, and without racial inclusion at the top, it’s unlikely that it will be represented in the rest of the business either. But ensure that there is inclusion mixed all through your business from top to bottom. A thoroughly diverse workplace will have a variety of backgrounds and cultures at all levels.
We need to rethink how we achieve diversity. The data shows that diversity is an idea whose time has come. Now we need to work on how to manifest it successfully. If you need support with diverse recruitment practices or a diversity programme, book in a call with us and better your workplace.