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The Rise of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) in The Workplace

Ivan B. Wachid

August 22, 2022

Understanding The Concept As the status quo of society evolves, more organizations recognize the need to embody diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their organizational culture. Over the last years, the urgency has increased more than ever since the current workforce, especially Gen Z, is prioritizing a supportive organizational culture in their employment decisions and work environment.  From this phenomenon, we can see how DEI plays a vital role in creating and maintaining a successful workplace. Here you'll dive deeper into the DEI and how it applies to the workforce. Diversity can be understood as the existence of differences in a particular environment. The diversity can range from colour, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic level in the workplace. Diversity can also relate to variations in physical ability, veteran status, and parental status. Equity is the process of ensuring that all systems and programs are unbiased, fair, and produce equal outcomes for all individuals. People frequently decide on employment based on these factors, which directly relate to equity. Lastly, inclusion is the practice of ensuring that individuals feel like they belong in the workplace. This indicates that every employee feels safe and encouraged by the organization while expressing their true self.

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DEI and Mental Wellbeing The relationship between DEI and mental wellbeing is substantial. Lack of representation, microaggressions, unconscious bias and other stressors can negatively affect the mental health and psychological safety of employees from various backgrounds.  Dan Gillison, the CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), declared that racism and racial trauma have a significant impact on mental health that cannot be ignored. Organizational culture or regulations that promote DEI can also promote mental health. As organizations increase their emphasis on diversity and inclusion and racial justice, they should ensure that employees from varied backgrounds have access to the mental health help they require, including employee resource groups, counselling services, and mental health screening tools. This might be a crucial component of a successful DEI strategy and investment.

Resources: https://www.forbes.com/sites/onemind/2020/07/14/the-essential-role-of-mental-health-for-a-diverse-inclusive-workplace/?sh=4365ceb6ac4d https://www.cultureamp.com/blog/dei-2022-trends https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-s-Statement-On-Recent-Racist-Incidents-and-Mental-Health-Resources-for-African-Americans