Do It for MLK: 11 Ways to Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion

  • january social 1 21 diversity and inlcusion

National Martin Luther King Day is this week, but this isn't the only time we should be thinking and acting toward honoring everyone's identity. How many ways can you think of to improve inclusion in your life, job and social circle?


Here are some ideas that we came up with to get your ball rolling.


Your own attitudes


  • Understand how your privilege may be blinding you to other people's reality. Take this test.



  • Really listen to people who are "other" than you —in color, nationality, religion, gender, sexual identity and physical/mental abilities. What are their daily challenges? What behaviors do they find offensive?


  • Learn about different points of view through different sources of news and media than your usual ones.


Your friends and family


  • Make learning about different cultures and religions an enjoyable social opportunity, especially with children. Learn about those cultures through exploring their art, movies, music, food and sports.


  • Share articles on diversity issues and start conversations about how your group could do better.


  • Volunteer with an organization supporting diversity and inclusion.


Your workplace


  • Find out what diversity and inclusion protocols are already in place within the company: discrimination training, feedback channels, Employee Resource Groups.


  • If any of the above don't exist, make the suggestion to management. For example, you might offer to create an anonymous survey on how employees perceive the company's inclusion efforts.


  • Make a commitment to include co-workers who are often left out of team activities. Seek new work friends beyond your immediate department.


  • Call out other team members' discriminatory or harassing behavior when you see it. We're not saying to get into a confrontation; rather, take your observations to the chain of command (or to HR if your immediate supervisor is the perpetrator).


And as a last thought, remember that you will never know everything or be perfect at your inclusivity actions; and that's OK. Just keep moving in the right direction, and eventually our combined efforts will be enough to build a better world.


You might be interested in...

Staffing Redefined: Why It's Easier to Land a Job in 2021
What if you could get a great job as a temp or direct hire, with a lot less work — and guesswork — on your part? Staffing agencies such as Integrity have a range of new tools that not only put you in a job faster, but in the right job where you'll be happier and more successful.   Here are some of the innovations that are currently making our job candidates' lives easier.   Remote processes eliminate the hassles The move to online workflows actually started a few years ago, but the COVID pandemic has dramatically speeded up this trend. At Integrity, you can now fill out and submit a job application and other employee documents, take pre-employment tests, have your interview and receive your onboarding initiation — all from your internet-connected device, wherever you happen to be.   Our job candidates and associates love it because they no longer have to physically travel to an Opportunity Center to do paperwork. And those who get nervous during job interviews find that...
Read More
3 Hiring Best Practices Regardless of Unemployment Levels
Unemployment levels fluctuate, sometimes subtly and other times abruptly. Although unemployment rates were declining as recently as the beginning of 2020, they spiked in a massive way early in the COVID-19 pandemic.   Thankfully, unemployment has started to decrease once again over the past few months. In other encouraging news, 57% of businesses expect hiring to return to pre-pandemic levels by the beginning of 2021. However, companies that scaled back on candidate sourcing and hiring this year may have stilted their business continuity and momentum.   If your company recently put the brakes on sourcing candidates, it’s time to revive your sourcing practices. Try these candidate recruitment strategies to avoid reacting impulsively to the effects of low high unemployment or low unemployment.   1. When unemployment rises, continue building relationships.   Why should waiting to source potential applicants during uncertain times interrupt healthy hiring practices?...
Read More
Recruitment Redefined: Factors Challenging the Traditional Status Quo
What if your recruiting team could be faster, stronger and better at putting the right person in the right role? By taking advantage of new tools and trends, you can do all that — and be more cost-efficient, too.   Following is an overview of the forces we see changing how candidates are sourced, qualified, hired and onboarded.   Technology takes over the gruntwork In our last blog, we discussed the tech stack Integrity Staffing Solutions currently uses to improve performance — both our own and our job applicants'. From workflow automation to custom-triggered communications to data analysis, these artificial intelligence tools save many hours on low-level tasks and allow our teams to devote more time to the judgement and decision-making activities that only experienced professionals can do.   And yes, there is still a vital role for humans in Human Resources. Current advances in recruitment are mostly about technology, but ultimately, the technology is there to serve the...
Read More


More Info
You need an account to do that Set up an account Never Mind

Please register for an account first. If you already have one, log in here.