On Tuesday, the Omaha Fire Department announced that they are focusing on hiring more women and people of color. “Representatives of the department say having someone to relate to when on a call only helps when it comes to resolving emergencies, [and] the more diversity they have in the station, the more cohesive they become as a team.”
Calls to action for increased diversity have been sweeping the nation over the past couple of years. These calls have been heard throughout both the public and private sectors. The effects of diversity can be felt in every aspect of a department, from improved emergency response to a more effective team. These positive outcomes are just as prevalent in businesses. In order to realize these elevated results and improved teamwork, the new hires need to feel welcomed.
Too often organizations limit their DEI initiatives to the hiring process. Unfortunately, this leaves new hires to fend for themselves within a system that has not been adapted for enhanced DEI. This is where the importance of a cross-functional DEI strategy really comes into play. In order to fight against low retention rates that are common with new diverse hiring initiatives, organizations need to ensure that their entire practice is aligned with these goals. This is where ideascape can help, by serving as your partner in developing holistic DEI strategies. Contact Jonathan Dyke and Deon Gaines to learn more