Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

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DEI

What Is DEI?

DEI stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion. It refers to organizational policies that encourage a diverse workforce. They are put in place to create a safe environment for all representations, including race, ethnicity, gender identification, age, culture, religion, and those with disabilities.

What Are Examples of DEI?

Any policy to create a safe and fair environment for all employees can be considered DEI. For example, many women with small children may need special accommodations and greater flexibility from their employers. DEI Policies can help with these instances where further accommodation may be needed or inclusive policies need to be further addressed.

What Is the Importance of DEI?

Research shows that organizations can boost employee morale, improve customer service, and increase sales by maintaining an inclusive workplace. DEI has become a crucial aspect of the modern business model, fostering innovation and employee satisfaction while boosting recruitment rates and retention. In the contemporary workplace, DEI policies require strategic planning and development to succeed. 

Related Terms: Company Culture

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