According to data from Indeed, demand for the roles has increased significantly-between 2017 and 2018, Indeed postings for diversity and inclusion positions had increased by nearly 20%. With these roles, a primary responsibility will be to understand the organization’s current employee makeup, what culture is underpinning every employee’s day-to-day work and how to potentially change that culture to work for everyone in the organization. By definition, culture is “The ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society.” An organization’s culture is the culmination of the priorities, values and behaviors, which support their employees in how they work singularly, in teams and with clients. Culture plays a huge role in shifting the diversity needle and forming truly inclusive environments. A positive company culture should be committed to professional values, which supports all employees, of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicity, sexuality, and allow them to work with leaders of the organization, versus feeling like they are simply working for them. To improve an organization’s culture, understanding of the current state of the culture should be gathered. A truly inclusive, positive workplace culture will support both senior and junior employees, creating a sense of belonging with all. To ensure the culture is continually underpinned by embracing diversity and respectful behaviors, a two-way line of communication must be open between leaders and all employees, which in itself is a sign of a positive culture.
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