Diversity & Inclusion Solutions
Our approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is to meet our clients where they are in their journey and help them move toward a more inclusive workplace. We know that each organization has its own unique characteristics that need to be considered when thinking through and implementing a strategy so we begin by fully understanding the current culture before making recommendations for solutions.
We offer a range of DEI solutions that include Strategic Planning, Surveys, Training and Development, and DEI Project Management/Implementation Support. We work with clients on any and/or all these areas to help them structure a strategy and an implementation/execution plan to ensure their DEI efforts are impactful and sustainable. Our mandate is to act in a proactive and consultative partnership with your people. At Exude, our mission is to support yours.
Knowing where to start or how to continue with your diversity and inclusion initiatives can be challenging. Using a diversity survey can help your organization capture the current state of your inclusion, equity and diversity efforts. This DEI survey will show you the big picture, define objectives and begin implementing or recharging meaningful diversity practices.
Our diversity survey follows industry best practices by focusing on your organization’s needs and goals.
We understand that every organization is at a different place in their diversity and inclusion journey, so will partner you with a diversity consultant who will meet you where you are and put the right diversity solutions in place to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. We can support you achieve stated DEI goals already in place and/or help you identified these goals.
Exude’s Diversity and Inclusion trainings are designed to develop awareness and skill around the topic of diversity and inclusion. We help participates:
- Understand diversity and inclusion, and why they matter
- Discover barriers to inclusion and how to overcome them
- Learn what you can do to create an inclusive workplace
- Communicate and work more effectively with diverse co-workers, colleagues, customers, and members of the community
Our Diversity Training programs can be customized to meet your DEI goals as well as fit varying audiences. We also offer a Train the Trainer program that is fully developed and easy to roll out to large audiences.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
If you have or want to develop diversity and inclusion goals, but don’t have the internal expertise or resources to execute on them, Exude can be your outsourced diversity, equity, and inclusion partner. We will provide you with a strategic DEI project manager who will help you implement and execute strategies to reach your goals. Your Diversity & Inclusion Project Manager can help your organization achieve its diversity and inclusion objectives by supporting you with:
- Facilitate strategic conversations with your key stakeholders to define a strategy and clear objectives
- Help you work through obstacles you may face through implementation, including meeting with Boards and aligning key stakeholders
- Asses your current state and provide a roadmap with actionable steps for change
- Review all areas of the employee experience from recruitment and selection to onboarding and offboarding to support your diversity and inclusion strategy, goals and objectives
- Review your handbook to identify policies that may need to be adjusted to be more inclusive and remove barriers to discrimination
- Apply change management techniques and develop an effective communication strategy for all levels of the organization to build a more inclusive work environment
We believe that training must be learner-focused and connected to your culture to be successful. We also know that every company is unique, so we design our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs to be tailored to address your unique culture and then make the connection to your business strategy.
Our programs are developed with a focus on the learner experience – one that is engaging, meaningful and relevant to the work they do. Whether delivered in person or in a virtual environment, each course is designed to be interactive and allows for participants to connect to nd common ground, capture ideas and identify action steps. Each session includes tools and resources that participants can immediately implement to positively impact workplace and community interactions. Sessions are tailored with company-specific scenarios to meet client needs.
Exude’s training curriculum is interactive, activity-oriented and provides learners knowledge, skills, confidence and competence. Each session begins with an optional Pre-Session Assessment. This helps level set expectations with the participants and allows them to submit questions ahead of time. The group will then participate in an IceBreaker Activity to help them get acquainted and feel comfortable about sharing their thoughts. Most of the sessions will be facilitator-led content delivery, application and practice aligned to your core values and real-life action planning. All of these activities will provide participants with the resources and tools for application in the workplace.
Common Diversity Questions:
You have questions around diversity and inclusion and we have answers. Check out some of the most common questions we receive below.
What is workplace diversity?
Workplace diversity is defined as similarities and differences among employees in terms of age, cultural background, physical abilities and disabilities, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
Many workforces are making a conscious effort to have more heterogeneous workplaces that have a workforce with varying ages, races, culture and backgrounds.
What are the benefits of diversity in the workplace?
Business Performance – A recent study, Diversity Matters conducted by McKinsey found that diverse workplaces outperform non-diverse competitors by 35%. More diverse workforces are able enhance creativity within a workplace because of diversity of thought.
Talent – Organizations that are culturally sensitive and committed to diversity and inclusion are able to recruit top-talent. Diverse talent pools offer greater selection of talent, skills and expertise. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are able to provide organizations with innovative ideas and different perspectives.
Customer Satisfaction – More and more organizations are requiring that their business partners and providers are meeting certain levels of diversity. In some instances, in order to grant business to a partner, organizations are requiring that employers have diverse workforces that are trained to be culturally sensitive.
How to create a culturally sensitive workplace?
The first step in creating a culturally sensitive workplace is getting commitment from the senior team that diversity and inclusion is a priority for the organization. Once you have commitment from your senior team, you can begin to work with a diversity consultant to create a sustainable and impactful diversity strategy.
At Exude, our systematic approach to cultural transformation begins with the assessment, design, and implementation of a comprehensive strategic diversity and inclusion plan. We focus on “what really works” and help ensure that your diversity council, committees, resource groups, and strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives yield measurable impact throughout your workplace. In addition, we help you infuse inclusion throughout your business practices and through training program(s) designed to raise awareness and build cultural competency. We find you a consultant who has the right industry experience to accelerate your organization’s diversity strategy.
Why is diversity important in the workplace?
Legal Ramification – Although the EEOC does not mandate specifics around diversity in the workplace, there are circumstances where lacking cultural sensitivity can lead to legal issues. For example, if your workplace does not have practices in place that allows all employees to show up authentically, challenges may arise with their ability to do their job. This can then lead to legal issues around acceptance and respect, accommodation of beliefs and gender equity. Having a clear diversity strategy in place will help employees see that your workplace is inclusive and allow them to thrive at work.
Unconscious Bias – Unconscious bias is the bias everyone has and can be a result of your upbringing, and social factors such as media. Although we do not consciously realize, these bias can influence the decisions we make. It is why top organizations are making a investing in a diversity strategy and offering unconscious bias training.
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Working Together For You
At Exude, we work with our clients to achieve their optimal organizational success by ensuring their strategy, culture, and employee experience are aligned. Our Philadelphia-based team includes HR and inclusion and diversity experts – however, the power of our deliverable is not in our great individual expertise, but rather when we work together as one.
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