Blog20 October 2023

Driving Progress: Elevating DEI&B as Your Company’s Top Priority

Written by:

Amanda Simms


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) have become paramount topics for modern businesses. In the relentless war for talent, companies are striving to distinguish themselves as the premier workplaces. Like the establishment of core values, DEI&B cannot be a mere boardroom decision; it must permeate the company’s DNA if it is to be genuinely embraced and experienced by future employees.

As the Founder and CEO of Simms & Associates, I have always maintained that our company’s prosperity transcends the figures on a balance sheet; it revolves around the positive influence we wield over our employees and the community. Today, I want to share a narrative that extends beyond mere policies and procedures; it’s a tale of our ongoing dedication to DEI&B and how it defines our journey.

My previous blogs explored the significance of diversity, provided a platform for women leaders, and addressed workforce disparities. These discussions underscore our core values and trace a path that began with a simple idea: diversity is an invaluable asset.

A Universal Belief

My conviction in the value of diversity is not rooted in personal adversity but in the universal understanding that diverse perspectives are a catalyst to innovation and success. When I founded Simms & Associates, I was determined to establish a company where everyone, regardless of their background, felt valued and heard.

The Genesis of Our Commitment

Our commitment to DEI&B was ingrained in our company’s foundation. I come from a background where diversity and inclusion were not just buzzwords but guiding principles propelling progress. I personally experienced how diverse teams brought fresh ideas, creativity, and adaptability to the forefront.

It’s More Than Just Compliance

Our dedication to DEI&B transcends mere legal obligations. It is about nurturing a culture where every employee feels valued and respected. It’s about forging a team that unites individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints because it is within this mix that true innovation thrives.

The Real Impact on Hiring Practices

Maintaining a robust DEI&B policy isn’t merely a matter of ethics; it’s a powerful magnet for top-tier talent. At Simms & Associates, we have witnessed candidates gravitate towards us because of how we treat our team members. They intuitively sense that they truly belong here, and this sense of belonging fuels our growth.

Best Practices for Your DEI&B Journey

Now, let’s delve deeper into actionable strategies for companies seeking to fortify their DEI&B initiatives:

  • Assessment and Benchmarking: Begin by conducting a comprehensive assessment of your current diversity landscape. Understand where you currently stand and where you aspire to be. Benchmark your progress against industry standards and research findings.
  • Leadership Commitment: Ensure unwavering commitment to DEI&B permeates every level of your organisation, from the upper echelons to the grassroots. Leadership must lead by example.
  • Policy Review: Regularly scrutinise and update your DEI&B policies to remain aligned with evolving best practices and shifting societal norms. Leverage research and reports to inform your policy decisions.
  • Training and Education: Invest consistently in DEI&B training for all employees. Promote awareness and empathy, as these elements are foundational to fostering a more inclusive culture. Leverage educational resources and expert recommendations.
  • Diverse Recruitment: Implement proactive strategies to attract a diverse pool of talent. Diversify your recruitment channels and networks, drawing from best practices in recruitment diversity and inclusion.
  • Inclusive Culture: Cultivate an environment where diversity is celebrated, and inclusion is woven into everyday practices. Leverage research on inclusive workplace cultures and best practices in diversity and inclusion.
  • Measure Progress: Establish concrete metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Regularly assess the impact of your DEI&B initiatives using research-driven measurement methodologies.

Companies like UKG, Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble have successfully exemplified these principles in their journeys toward a more inclusive workplace. Their dedication to DEI&B has earned them a place on prestigious lists such as DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity and Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Diversity and positioned them as beacons of progress in the corporate world. Studying their journeys allows us to draw inspiration and valuable insights to help shape our organisations.

Do you wish to have some guidance on how to make a case for a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) strategy to your organisation’s leadership? If so, UKG has created a valuable resource to assist you. They’ve developed a comprehensive playbook aimed at helping organisations navigate and implement effective DEI&B strategies. You can access this playbook here: UKG DEI&B Playbook. It provides insights, best practices, and actionable steps that can be instrumental in driving progress towards a more inclusive and diverse workplace.

As you champion your DEI&B journey and strive for exceptional workforce management, may your dedication to diversity pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future for all.



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