In this episode, Ryan sits down with Tonia Benas, BELAY’s Talent Acquisition Recruiter and D&I Committee Co-Chair, and Beth Thompson, BELAY’s HR Generalist. They will talk about the importance and value of diversity and inclusion in business, and they’ll also explain BELAY’s journey to developing their own D&I Committee.
Listeners will feel motivated to help make their workplace more inclusive, and they’ll have the strategies and resources to do just that.
1. Embracing diversity and inclusion is just the right thing to do.
If companies want to attract top talent, that talent needs to feel included and a sense of belonging – both of which are major drivers of engagement. When the team is more engaged they are more productive. When they feel like they’re valued and their voice matters, they buy into the mission and bring more value to the company. With that level of engagement, you won’t have to worry about retention.
2. Diversity and inclusion is about race, but it’s about other issues too.
It’s about diversity of thought, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and pronouns. All of those things matter and are important. All of us came from a different place with different experiences. With D&I, we seek to learn about those experiences and about each other.
3. D&I starts by just having conversations.
This reveals where the pain points and gaps are that need to be addressed. After that, it’s important to be allies, do your homework, and champion others that bring different experiences and opinions.
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