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How DEI initiatives impact employee engagement and productivity

Chandini Mokthar
September 15, 2023
How DEI initiatives impact employee engagement and productivity

Several Fortune 1000 companies are implementing social impact programs centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in order to sustain employee engagement with meaningful work. This is because increasing diversity and inclusion are crucial engagement boosters. Creating an inclusive culture is no longer optional, especially in the age of high employee turnover, as DEI has an immediate impact on staff engagement, efficiency, and retention.

The Importance of DEI Initiatives in a Workplace

DEI initiatives represent strategic and systematic actions taken by an organization to create a workforce that is diverse – and also to prioritize a welcoming work atmosphere for every staff member.

The significance of DEI in employee engagement has risen by 74% in three years, according to a report by Deloitte. When businesses celebrate the uniqueness and potential of every individual, people are more likely to demonstrate trust and loyalty. Gallup also reports that employees who work in an inclusive setting are more engaged, exhibit greater advocacy for their organizations, and have a stronger intent to stay on.

Moreover, 74% of millennials think their organization is better at innovation when it has an inclusive culture, making DEI essential for productivity. So, what are the benefits of DEI initiatives? Read on.

5 Benefits of DEI Initiatives for Employee Engagement and Productivity

By investing in diversity programs and other DEI initiatives, you can:

1. Improve employee performance

It is evident that when employees consider themselves to be an integral part of the company, they have a greater drive to perform well. Therefore, it is unsurprising that increased employee engagement across all demographics results in higher work efficiency and quality. Typically, businesses with a strong diversity strategy saw a 56% gain in job performance. This is due to the cognitive diversity in DEI-focused teams, as well as the ability of team members to work better together.

2. Attract top talent across ALL groups

Certainly, adopting DEI in the workplace is going to result in more diverse candidate options. Did you also know that it attracts more talent? When you accept a range of candidates, you determine how they perceive your company. When evaluating a job offer or searching for new career opportunities, Millennials, and Generation Z, especially, regard DEI initiatives to be an essential consideration.

3. Unlock better business outcomes

A diverse group may offer a wider range of ideas and, as a result, reach a broader spectrum of potential customers. In reality, it is self-evident that combining diverse methods of thought and action will only boost your company's chances of innovation. DEI initiatives are also helpful for connecting with customers across a broad set of demographic indices, and for staying compliant. 

4. Enhance your employer brand

In addition to recruiting talented employees from a broad range of origins, DEI allows them to thrive and feel supported. The apparel retailer, Gap, for instance, has been lauded for eliminating the pay disparity among its male and female employees.

5. Drive participation in team activities

When individuals feel motivated to make a difference and guaranteed that their opinions would be listened to, they produce creative ideas and put in their all. For example, Swarovski, an Austrian manufacturer of precision-cut stones, regularly reminds employees that taking part in meetings, as opposed to deferring to elders, will boost meeting efficiency.

How to Mobilize DEI for Better Workplace Outcomes?

If you are looking to increase your employee engagement and productivity levels, DEI is one of the first places where you need to pay attention. The following best practices will help you make the most of DEI initiatives for better workplace outcomes:

  • Involve your leadership: Diversity and inclusion initiatives have to be consistent with the organization's objectives and core principles. Even in times of uncertainty, senior executives must commit resources to initiatives that promote inclusion and diversity.
  • Measure DEI metrics: D&I must be evaluated and monitored for your organization to figure out if it is improving. This typically entails an annual survey in addition to diversity analytics.
  • Dismantle inter-departmental silos: Silos are challenging because they favor exclusivity over inclusivity, reduce productivity, and have other negative effects. This can be overcome through lateral movement, cross-skilling, as well as enterprise-wide activities.
  • Provide DEI training: Management is vital for the success of a DEI program. To achieve this, management must be informed of the company's DEI objectives, why they are important, and what is required of their interactions with employees.

Key takeaways

Companies can fast-track innovation, boost troubleshooting, and improve business performance through DEI programs. DEI also promotes constructive social change and recruitment and retention. In addition, a staff that feels appreciated and acknowledged is happier and more productive, resulting in enhanced business performance. Companies must prioritize DEI initiatives in order to cultivate an inviting and diverse work environment that fosters staff engagement and fuels profitability. That’s precisely what we do at Moolya!

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Chandini Mokthar
Chandini Mokthar
VP, People & Culture
Chandini Mokhtar is the VP- People & Culture of Moolya and plays a pivotal role in defining Moolya’s overall culture and value. As a true People leader, she is highly focussed on elevating culture and helping organisations to navigate the cultural transformation. Chandini has been a talent acquisition specialist, talent specialist, and a talent acquisition consultant with extensive experience in the domain of defining people culture and ensuring a positive work environment. In a constantly changing environment, she creates an agile employee experience and keeps her team flexible enough to accommodate any changes.
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