Would you like to enhance the multicultural and diversity awareness in your workforce that may be coming from various parts of the world to work in Bangalore? Bangalore is host to many multi-national companies that have a diverse workforce. Organizations need a well-qualified Diversity & Inclusion consultant who can help them articulate a good Diversity & Inclusion strategy and connect it to their business goals.
Many people who are responsible for leading Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in an organization may not have a HR background. So, they typically require someone who understands Human Resource practices, are aware of the statutory requirements and have the experience of working on cultural change programs. Advancing Diversity levels and Inclusion index is complex and requires many people with diverse expertise to contribute to the project.
Bangalore is one the most promising markets for Diversity & Inclusion consultants. As Diversity experts could consult in both large and small organization, and in almost all industries, there is growing market for them in Bangalore.
Many organizations prefer internal employees to lead D&I initiatives. They populate their Diversity & Inclusion projects through cross functional in-house teams. By appointing and training team leaders and managers as Diversity and Inclusion champions, organizations could take an inside out approach to enhancing the diversity and inclusion quotient. The advantage of having internal consultants is that they understand the business, they know the preferences of various stakeholders and can predict roadblocks. On the other hand, in-house teams get distracted by changing priorities and vagaries of workload. They may treat D&I initiatives as an add on task and not their day job, they may deprioritize the project leading to poor quality output and delays.
Many organizations prefer to appoint coaches and trainers as their diversity and inclusion consultants. As trainers and coaches understand how to impart training and facilitate behavioural change, they are best placed to lead cultural change programs. Diversity and Inclusion programs involve multiple steps – setting up the organizational charter or goals, setting up affinity groups, assessing the current status of diversity and inclusive in teams, imparting training, conducting leadership interventions, creating focus group conversations and making changes to policies and business procedures. Since this field is so vast, and its impact so wide, no one person could be an expert in everything. Trainers and Coaches could undertake a large part of these tasks however that may not be able to have all the expertise required for successful completion of the project.
For selecting a Diversity & Inclusion consultant, you must put down the selection criteria clearly. Make sure that your D&I consultant has a valid certification, understands project management, has the experience of working on complex cultural change programs and brings in the right client references.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the business and the ecosystem in which it operates.
- Should be able to make a connection between diversity and business outcomes.
- Understand the local culture, personal beliefs, biases and diversity in the workforce.
- Understand diversity in larger social and organizational context.
- Understand issues related to discrimination of minority groups.
- Be able to work with dilemmas associated with “equal opportunity employment vs diversity and inclusion”.
- Should be apt at managing projects, timelines and cost.
- Demonstrate an understanding of rolling out change projects.