The global pandemic has changed the set rules of work. When it comes down to D&I initiatives, organizations define the real progress that drives change, but also an accompanying implementation plan aligned with the organization’s priorities and embedded in existing business decision points.
A diverse and inclusive workplace makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feel equally involved in and supported in all work areas. The “all areas” part is essential.
The increasing diversity of the workforce in terms of age, gender, and geography – makes the task of creating a unified work culture a challenge for organizations of all stripes. A study published in Harvard Business Review found that leaders who empower their employees are more likely to be trusted by their team than leaders who do not empower their employees. The talent pool accessible to us today is evident as a part of our end consumer base. Today’s generation is aware, proactive, and highly motivated to drive their agendas. As an organization, one must see the opportunity that lies with this transformation. The opportunity to leverage our employees – their thoughts, values, and beliefs, to better cater to our customers.
Empowerment begins at the top, with leaders modeling the behaviors and attitudes they want managers and their managers’ direct reports to emulate, and when a company embodies such an empowerment culture, it can turn great employees into heroes.
Dr. Sujatha Sudheendra
Head Diversity and Inclusion, Aditya Birla Capital Limited.
Head HR & Admin, Aditya Birla Finance Limited.