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  • Leigh Kester

Boost Engagement & Results: Budget for a Thriving Culture

Organisational environments are forever changing. To thrive in this environment, companies need more than just USP’s and clever marketing campaigns. The true key to success lies with your people. Attracting the right talent to the organisations and being able to retain them is key and the way we do this is by ensuring that they are welcomed in and avoiding alienating top talents.  

Here's why investing in organisational culture and a robust Learning & Development (L&D) programme is a strategic move that strengthens your culture, empowers your employees, and ultimately boosts your bottom line.

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging:

A commitment to EDI is more than just another tick in the box; it is essential to the organisation’s strategy of growth and operation effectiveness. It's about fostering an environment where every employee feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspective.

EDI training recognises the role of unconscious bias and opens the door to a vibrant exchange of ideas. Employees from diverse backgrounds bring different experiences and perspectives to the table. This creates a richer pool of ideas, more innovative solutions and a stronger competitive edge.

When employees feel valued and respected for who they are, their engagement increases. They become more motivated, take ownership of their work, and go the extra mile. This translates to higher productivity, lower turnover rates, and a more positive work environment. Research by McKinsey & Company shows that companies in the top quartile for diversity are 35% more likely to outperform their peers on profitability.

Talent today, actively seek out organisations with a strong commitment to EDI. Research by Monster shows that 86% of candidates believe that EDI is an important factor when looking for jobs. In addition, Deloitte’s 2018 Millennial Survey Report, 69% of Gen Z and Millennials agree that they were more likely to stay with a diverse organisation for five or more years.  By prioritising EDI, you send a powerful message that your company is an inclusive and welcoming place to work. This not only broadens your talent pool but also strengthens your employer brand, making you more appealing to top talents.

Diverse and Inclusive Culture at Work

Unlocking Operational Efficiency:

Investing in EDI training is just the first step. A robust L&D programme further amplifies the benefits by empowering your employees with the skills and knowledge they need to excel.

Unconscious Bias: When employees understand unconscious bias and its potential consequences, they can make fairer decisions, communicate more effectively, and work better together. This leads to a more streamlined workflow, fewer conflicts, and ultimately, increased efficiency.

Collaboration:  is key to most organisations. L&D programmes that focus on communication and teamwork skills create a foundation for strong, diverse teams. These teams can leverage their varied perspectives to problem-solve more effectively, find creative solutions, and deliver superior results.

Loyalty:  A workforce that reflects the demographics of your customers can better connect with their needs and deliver exceptional service. This translates to increased customer satisfaction, loyalty, and ultimately, a stronger bottom line.

Psychological safety: Fostering psychological safety in the workplace creates a win-win situation for both employees and businesses. When employees feel safe to take risks, voice ideas, and admit mistakes, it leads to a more innovative, collaborative, and engaged workforce. Training on psychological safety can be a springboard to achieving this, by equipping leaders and teams with the tools to build trust, open communication, and a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and empowered to contribute their best.

Beyond EDI training, a comprehensive L&D programme provides ongoing opportunities for skill development and expanding our existing knowledge. L&D programmes that encourage continuous learning foster a growth mindset within your organisation. Employees see challenges as opportunities to learn and develop, leading to increased innovation, problem-solving skills, and a willingness to take on new responsibilities.

Investing in EDI training and L&D isn't just about doing the right thing; it's about making a smart business decision. When you create a culture that values diversity, fosters continuous learning, and empowers your employees, you unlock their full potential. This translates to increased operational efficiency, a more innovative and adaptable workforce, and ultimately, a significant competitive advantage.


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