6 Ways Technology has a Positive Impact on Diversity and Inclusion
An organization’s work culture can mean different things to different people. To some, it might mean how casually they’re allowed to dress while to some it means how their efforts are recognized and awarded. In the most recent times, a positive company culture is represented by how modern are the Diversity and Inclusion policies at the workplace.
Big and small companies all over the world are making great attempts to market themselves as organizations that care deeply about Diversity and Inclusion. And though we’re just beginning to see this positive shift in workplaces, we’ll continue to see this until every organization reflects appropriate D&I policies for its employees and clients.
As the world is becoming increasingly connected, there’s absolutely no room for mistreatment. Organization leaders have started to recognize how toxic, non-supportive work environments can negatively impact the brand of a company, ability to attract and retain employees, in addition to financial sustainability.
Following are the 6 ways in which technology creates a positive impact on Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
1. Write inclusive job descriptions to attract diverse candidates
For Over 67% of job seekers, workplace diversity is a crucial factor when considering employment opportunities. It is important for potential future employees to know that Diversity and Inclusion is a big part of a potential employer. Job descriptions are a good way of not just setting candidate expectations, but are also a key checkpoint for compliance.
Today, there are solutions powered by artificial intelligence that help managers and employees identify bias in job descriptions. The AI-powered solutions help in highlighting things such as phrases that tend to sound more feminine than masculine.
The solutions also recommend alternate words, sentences and phrases that are more appropriate. This essentially helps recruiters write better, more inclusive job descriptions.
2. Increase employee development with VR D&I training
Employees want to stay where they are valued, where they feel they are developing and where they feel they are a part of one, single community. One key determinant of employee retention surely is employee development. Employees tend to stay longer in organizations that invest in their employees.
Providing Diversity and Inclusion conversations into employee development enhances the quality of the training. D&I initiatives have become the new normal when it comes to employee development plans.
This has been made possible by technology and tools focused on Diversity and Inclusion, mentorship, career advancement, and of course, employee development. These technologies provide better D&I education by giving employees hands-on experiences. Moreover, virtual reality training has proven to be a robust and effective solution to provide life-like experiences to employees.
3. Eliminate unconscious bias
A hard truth to digest: Technology is biased. But the good news is that groundbreaking technologies have been developed to counter unintentional biases in the older technologies. Certain HR Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms are designed to help significantly eliminate biases in resume and database searches.
The technology can be used to perform skill, talent and competency assessment while ignoring factors such as gender, age, race and other demographic factors. It is designed to not use race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or even name as a screening parameter. The software finds the best fit on the basis of years of experience, skills, education and role. Long story short, technological advancements have made the entire hiring process Diversity and Inclusion-conscious.
4. Increase employee engagement with D&I technologies
The modern workforce, especially Gen Z, wants to feel connected to the workplace they are working at. They want to know that the company is equally invested in their growth as they are in the company’s.
The use of technology that’s focused on employee engagement as well as diversity and inclusion at the workplace helps in creating better employee experiences and leads to better communication as well as individual employee empowerment.
Companies that want to improve their policies regarding Diversity and Inclusion can use certain solutions to get a better understanding of the work experiences of diverse groups as well as analyze text communication for biases and emotions.
5. Highlight star performers through employee recognition platforms
Everybody wants to be appreciated for the hard work they put in. Rewards and recognition programs at workplaces can be transformative and highly inspiring. Moreover, it can be immensely beneficial in building a culture of Diversity and Inclusion at the workplace.
The employees that gain recognition illustrate the ideals the company stands for and have a direct impact on work culture as well as employee engagement. This is because these are the ones who stand out and will be seen as future leaders.
Hence, rewards and recognition systems can be used to promote and celebrate a diverse workforce. And in order to ensure a fair recognition program, there are rewards and recognition platforms.
These platforms allow companies to identify top performing employees for their notable accomplishments. The platform encourages employees of all backgrounds, levels and specialties.
6. Extend equal employee benefits
Bridging the racial and gender pay gap is crucial in order to get rid of wage disparity in employees. Intelligent automation is a technology through which such issues can be avoided and ensured that any oversight in the future is accounted for.
The bots from such solutions can go through data from various sources and offer accurate insights about the compensation and benefit pattern of any organization. This reveals any pay gaps in the entire workforce.
Automation technology allows the administrators to monitor and export employee demographic data for accurate processing. Incorporating such automation tech in the organization helps in maintaining fairness in the workforce.
Diversity and Inclusion at the workplace isn’t just a compliance issue any more. It is the need of the hour. From the perspective of value and profitability, having a diverse workforce as well as customer base is important.
Best practices for communicating D&I initiatives include a multitude of methods like presentations, internal and external newsletters, social media postings and employee interviews that encourage everybody in the organization to take the right steps.
By using the right Diversity and Inclusion technologies, companies can hire better, engage better, develop better, recognize better, reward better and ultimately, grow better.
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