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How to Support Diversity and Inclusion in Your Team | Video

How to Support Diversity and Inclusion in Your Team | Video

The case for diversity and inclusion is simple: you get better project results. But delivering diversity and inclusion is a challenge. You need to be very deliberate in making them happen.

Here’s how…

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First, let’s clarify Diversity and Inclusion terms:

Diversity

Welcoming people of the widest possible range of types and origins, available in your society. We usually think in terms of:

  • gender
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • race
  • cultural or religious background
  • age
  • ability or disability
  • neuro-diversity
  • …and anything else

Recognize and celebrate difference.

Creating a diverse team means recruiting people onto your team for what they can contribute… And not excluding them because of what maybe they cannot.

Inclusion

Doing everything you can to make it equally easy for any person to contribute to and benefit from the work environment. Value the differences and make them welcome. So, in short, everyone should be able to feel an equal part of your team. And this must therefore start from a culture and environment of respect.

Creating an inclusive environment takes real effort. It may mean making allowances that cater for the needs of just one person. But, when you do, that can free up their attention to give their very best to your team.

Bias in Diversity and Inclusion

The first thing you need to think about is bias. And that can be conscious discrimination, but it can also be unconscious bias. We need to:

  • Acknowledge it
  • Set up processes to overcome it
  • Train to defend against it
  • Continue to monitor for it

Steps to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion

And there are essential steps you, as Project Leader can take to lead on supporting and enhancing diversity and inclusion on your projects:

  1. Get yourself training and get training for your team
  2. Involve your team in setting standards, establishing good practices, and calling out failings
  3. Secure senior-level commitment from your peers and from sponsors and Project board members
  4. Adopt and adapt the best policies, processes, and good practices from the organizations involved in your project
  5. Act as a role model and st the highest standards for respecting and empowering everyone in your team and among your stakeholders

Day-to-Day Practices to enhance Diversity and Inclusion

And you can support this with practical everyday practices like:

  • Mixing up teams and sub-teams. And creating deliberately diverse workgroups
  • Encouraging people to share their experiences to build empathy
  • Calling out and tackling disrespectful behavior and language quickly and effectively
  • Encouraging and welcoming diverse thinking and experimentation
  • Celebrating everyone’s contributions
  • Gather data on diversity whenever you carry out surveys, and look for evidence in the results for bias
  • Avoid generalization and stereotyping – no matter how well-intentioned. Treat everyone as an individual

Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion with Logistical and Environmental Conditions

There are also a number of logistical and environmental conditions that support diversity and inclusion. You may not have control of these, but you can advocate for:

  • Equal pay
  • Promotion equality of opportunity
  • Respect for cultural and religious holidays and changes to working hours
  • Facilities like prayer rooms, nursing rooms, and physical adaptations
  • Making translations available
  • Using gender, age and culturally neutral language
  • Thinking about the food and drink you make available
  • Strengthening diversity and inclusion in organizational policies, procedures, and processes.

What Kit does a Project Manager Need?

I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own. 

Check out the Kit a Project Manager needs

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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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