Research shows that diverse workplaces are more innovative, smarter, and more profitable. They perform better by spurring staff to more rigorously prepare and defend their ideas among teams with differing viewpoints.
As the workforce continues to more closely reflect our actual population demographics, diversity and it’s sibling, inclusion, are becoming even more important to learn about and understand. “Diversity” is shorthand for the mix of employees when it comes to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and so on, while “inclusion” is making the mix work.
This isn’t simple.
So, how do you develop a diversity strategy that gets results?
Custom Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment Initiatives
Custom Diversity & Inclusion Internal Informational Initiatives
These initiatives host company-specific panel events and informational sessions for employees who wish to be educated about co-workers from diverse backgrounds.
Custom Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Initiatives
- Job/Internship fairs
- Community events
- On-campus recruiting
- Municipal connections
- Chambers of Commerce
- Working with non-profits
- Social media
- Various state agencies
In–Depth Focus Driven Initiatives
1. Employers Embracing Employees with Disabilities Initiatives
The Workplace Initiative helps companies recruit, hire and retain the largest untapped labor pool in the country – people with disabilities. This initiate showcases facts and case studies to show how disability inclusion drives business value. It also includes information needed to start or enhance your disability employment and inclusion program.
The Initiative is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity. They educate public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures and empower them to become leaders in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities.
2. Job Readiness Initiatives
Job readiness is training for those seeking employment that requite some form of assistance. From preparing a resume, interview training and workshop training’s.
The Initiative helps people who want to work to get “job ready” and prepare for being hired and remaining employed.
After that, we stay in regular contact and provide support for a person during their first few years on the job as life stresses can impede a person’s motivation and ability to continue working. To summarize, we help our clients get ready for the job, then get the job and then keep the job. We are the long term partner that wants to help our client’s succeed.
3. Initiatives for Low-Income Skilled Workers
When we assume low-income workers to be low skilled, it is for from the truth. This initiative focuses on these key points for employers and skilled low-income workers to connect.
They have an inherent ability to adapt.Skilled low-income workers have likely experienced many hardships and have therefore become tenacious in their ability to adapt and accept change. Change is inevitable in the business world, so this quality is desirable. You want your employees to be able to seamlessly adapt when unexpected occurrences happen.
They overcome challenges effectively. When something goes wrong, which is inevitable in life, you want your employees to be able to not only handle it but learn from it. skilled low-income workers have ample experience overcoming hardship and it comes naturally to them to accept, overcome, and move on.
They’re relentlessly tenacious. Many skilled low-income workers had to fight for their way of life. They are persistent and diligent to their work and don’t let problems or issues in the workplace slow them down. Their personal difficulties forged their work ethics. If you’re a leader who values steadfastness, a skilled low-income workers may surprise you.
As companies look for more workers to fill various roles, finding and hiring skilled low-income workers and helping them develop internally may be a solution. But first, companies need to understand the needs of such candidates—as well as where to look for them and how to help them advance.
4. Employer No Cost Job Placement Initiative
This initiative helps people with disabilities finding jobs in their own communities, interacting with non-disabled co-workers, and earning the pride and self-esteem that comes with a job well done.
We match individuals eager to work with employers in their communities. The result is almost always a success! Employers report they get some of their most dedicated and hard working employees, and our clients get a chance to prove they can get the job done. We also provide ongoing job coaching and support for as long as the individual is working – at no cost to the individual or to the employer.
There are two employment options depending on clients’ readiness and preference:
There is no cost or wages paid by the employer.
Workplace Diversity for Connecticut is a not for profit grassroots organization dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.