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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace, commonly referred to by the term D&I, gains popularity in companies and nonprofits in America. More organizations emphasize workplace diversity by implementing D&I policy across the workforce. Companies that are inclusive and have a diverse culture consistently outperform competitors. Inclusive companies that use inclusion efforts to attract diverse talent, have a better understanding of the world around them through a different perspective. More diverse companies also have unique talents providing higher quality work and commitment towards their mission.

Making a program to be more diverse and inclusive does more than solve an ethical problem. It also provided many benefits such as breaking down barriers of racism, driving business growth and nonprofit growth and making it a great place to work. It teaches everyone what is important about ethnic diversity, and makes employees feel included.

Diversity and Inclusion

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The importance of diversity and inclusion at Before Their Time is at the forefront and drives our diversity initiatives. The officers, directors, employees, committee members, and persons served by this nonprofit organization shall, and have been selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to religion, sex, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical or mental disability, citizenship status or any other category or status protected by law.

It is the policy of Before Their Time not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, physical disability or mental disability, veteran’s status, political service or affiliation, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status or any other category or status protected by law.

If you can do the job then you have a job...period. We ensure everyone is treated fairly.

Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

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In a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, the employees and business team are given the feeling of home. When people feel more connected with their colleagues and leaders, it is easier for them to work harder or have better ideas to produce better results. In turn, organizations that adopt D&I practices experience huge improvements in business results, innovation and decision-makers.

At Before Their Time we Double down on employee resource groups and volunteer committees. By providing a more inclusive workplace, embracing diversity and gender diversity, we have greater employee retention. Creating a inclusive workplace helps us overcome critical challenges, and our diverse group, progress towards our mission. We feel that a diverse and inclusive workplace provides an environment focusing on a team committed to solutions.

Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

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Our diverse and inclusive workforce starts with hiring and preparation for recruitment. In order to recruit from the talent pool for the our nonprofit, a person has to be conscious of identifying underrepresented groups. Diversity and inclusion are an intentional choice, not random. When you hire women and minority people, you will attract new and unique talent to your culture. For instance, when the employee feels supported and involved, through the representation they bring, the engagement increases.

Dedicated individuals go a step further. It can impact donations, employee morale and retention. People with broader backgrounds are generally better in terms of problem solving and creating above average profitability, and in our case donations. In the United States, 84 percent of the millennial workforce contribute to business. In fact, creating inclusive workplaces can create a better relationship with employees and nonprofit volunteers - an enormous issue today's workers face.

Inclusive Culture

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In recent years, the concept of diversity and inclusion has gained traction in corporate circles, and we couldn't be more happy about that. But when we talk about an inclusive culture, most leaders typically say that they checked this on the employee-to-do list to increase their productivity at work. Although each nonprofit has program unique needs, this is not something you can simply check off and be done with. Company culture has a valued importance as a team program in industry and society as a whole.

But some workplace statistics shows that just a few companies really embrace diversity within their workplace. Think about diversity like selecting players from different nations for a team. When you incorporate individuals from different race and genders into the team culture, their differences bring: a new strategy, representation of their culture, and teaches them to lead forward. When individuals learn their valued opinions matter, you make for a better performance and employee experience. If this is done with unconscious bias it can be a step towards ending racism at businesses, in society and in the country.

What is Diversity and Inclusion?

Diversity and inclusion are vital for a company's success. Diversity identifies different political beliefs, gender identity, disabled people or differences from religions or races among other things. In a work environment, diverse workers means the top talent you employ bring their own perspectives and backgrounds. Inclusion reflects the presence, understanding and respect of each person in a diverse group. The key component in building a company or nonprofit should be empowering everyone with the skills they need to succeed regardless of race.

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Inclusion Training is Ongoing — Not One-Off Training

There is no way of simply teaching employees to be inclusive. As with all behavior changes, inclusion requires that a person identify key moments where he or she has created new behavior. We realize this at Before Their Time and not only use inclusive training in our hiring practices, but also encourages people in our leadership positions to train management that it is an ongoing training process.

We believe it's possible for people who adopt this attitude to change their lives through honest conversations and healthy tensions. It can also help identify changes needed with members outside of the executive level in the organization.

Our executives remain dedicated to inclusion training and focus their efforts towards training higher levels against discrimination. Our company's departments address this and provide resources to help our nonprofit thrive.

Educate People in Leadership Positions

The idea of a board dedicated to inclusiveness in our nonprofit organization would help the business move in that direction. Ideally, our councils would be composed of members of companies with different genders, age groups, ethnicity, races, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Only then will voices be heard, and views expressed by everyone in the world.

We must constantly develop strategies to improve the performance management system in order to meet our D&I requirements. Our leaders of Before Their Time regard diversity as crucial for the company. In this regard education should take place at work, where all these concepts can be explained and analyzed in full. Managers and executives should internalize inclusive behavior on an unconscious bias for a diverse workforce. It's crucial for them to have the courage and confidence to follow their own example.

Diversity and Inclusion Training

How do we develop an effective Diversity Training? Employees at any level have to undergo diversity education in our workplaces. Activities will inform employers and employees about how best to deal with people of different religions, geographic, racial, and social backgrounds.

Diversity Training increases awareness in our workforce. Our team of business leaders learned specific skills for communicating better. Other strategies Before Their Time has adopted is the presence of women in key leadership roles in our workplace.

Encourage Creativity and New Perspectives

A major benefit in bringing together diverse workers is creativity in our work environments. Employers must encourage employees to bring their creative innovation to the table. It'll make employees feel recognized, appreciated and open up a whole new avenue of growth through connection.

Certain groups have better opportunities to share new ideas with a wider audience. We found that diversity and innovation are linked. In terms of mitigation and employment, we feel the most diverse businesses in particular remained the most innovative.

Each aspect of diversity is associated with innovation, although industries, countries, and sexual orientations have greater effects on company revenues. Diverse teams are also able to identify new product offerings based around emerging client profiles.

Establish a Sense of Belonging for Everyone with Diverse Talent

To achieve optimum success, one must first establish an identity. It is psychologically essential that you feel connected when someone else does this and is able to do it. The changes are a long process and are sometimes not linear, some companies still may have blind spots. It is not easy to move on from being a single person to belonging.

It should be mandatory that all workers have a secure environment. Establish a culture where everyone feels empowered to flag an alarming or uncomfortable situation. Work places that foster a positive sense of trust help employees talk to one another and become their best self.

Intervention and Training

Our management is the key to a successful nonprofit and obtaining our goals. During this process managers are educated within the scope of the company's objectives in terms of data and analysis, as well as how to expect managers to interact effectively with staff. Leadership teams have the responsibility of guiding their employees through incorporating D&I into their interview process.

Integrating unconscious bias training can be very useful to our hiring managers, in particular. Giving people the opportunity and respect for their own unconscious bias by ensuring the job is fair and honest. Managers must create a supportive workplace by listening to and recognizing employees for their everyday work and discouraging racism and discrimination.

Leadership Involvement

An emphasis on diversity and inclusion initiatives are required to meet our company’s organizational objectives. Otherwise, it will go out of favor. One study reveals that a quarter of companies are doing informal diversity activities but don't have any structure. Organizations need to realize change starts with the top. Despite uncertainty at times, upper management must always allocate resources towards D&I initiatives. This action shows individuals the leadership is taking D&I seriously.

Diversity and inclusion are often considered as separate projects within Human Resources, but this is not true. In order for a genuine transformation to happen, every leader has to accept this value intellectually and psychologically. Only after leadership takes ownership of diversity & inclusion can an organization thrive.

Frequently Recognize and Reward Employees

It makes sense to recognize employees for who they are! Before Their Time uses a rewarding recognition program for our workforce that celebrates not only the strengths and distinctiveness of our peers, but also the diversity of our peers.

The recognition by the public is important because of the sense of being part of a community. Employees need recognition from the management of the company for their everyday successes, both small and large. Recognition can help create a positive workplace culture.

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is something we will continue to strive towards as new beneficial insights present themselves. We hope that our donors and the community recognize the efforts we take to ensure diversity while recruiting individuals.

Before Their Time would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every employee and volunteer, past, present and future for their respected services.

We will continue to take every measure to remain focused on an inclusive workplace in all aspects of our nonprofit.

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