Indian society is culturally vast, and when it comes to Indian workplace, employees are a mix of different race, age, background, culture. It might be a challenge for organizations in making such diverse workforce feel inclusive. But if right measures are taken and there are policies in place, such diverse workforce can be transformed into a cohesive team working together to achieve the goals of the organization. Diversity and Inclusion is a gradual process, but there are a few companies that have started to recognize the need for Diversity and initiating inclusive policies.
Here is a list of Indian organizations, ranging from conglomerates to cafes, that are driving the path in making professional space both safe and welcoming for a diverse set of employees.
Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz, Bangalore (Radio Station)
Inclusive approaches help innovation and creativity, give chances to learn and become both at the individual and organizational level. They took baby steps, the first was clearly to unlearn and relearn numerous ideas like participation, community, access etc. They had an orientation on understanding sexual orientation, gender diversity, gender identity, the use of right pronouns and so on.
The compulsory team lunches, Monday morning meetings are significant ground to collectively debate, discuss and arrive up at an understanding. Directions are a significant part for all assistants, volunteers and visitors as well. They also direct exit surveys to check how ex-employees feel about the practices. Regular trainings are a steady feature.
Godrej firmly accepts that energetic, adjusted people with differing interests make better employees. At the point when you can carry your entire self to work, you can really prove your potential. All the HR strategies are structured remembering this way of thinking. Their medical coverage advantage permits their employees to include a ‘partner’ as a beneficiary and not just a ‘spouse’, they offer unlimited sick leave, and adaptable timings and work from home approaches are for all workers and they are continually keeping tabs the development with respect to Diversity and Inclusion, recognizing potential regions to dive deep and find relevant solutions.
Culture Machine, Mumbai (Media Company)
Right from their Talent Management Strategy which is firmly based on the competency of a candidate, the business and job role-based competencies, alongside their worker’s performance assessment have been built remembering sensitivities to issues of diversity. Their diverse workforce encourages them comprehend and work with different viewpoints which help at last strengthen their establishment of the company’s work culture.
They have organized workshops that have thrown light on aspects of diversity and inclusiveness. One latest instance of that would be a ‘Self Defense’ workshop that was organized on Independence Day with the idea of #FreedomFromFear. All workers irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender were invited to participate.
Nukkad, The Teafe, Raipur (Café)
They began Nukkad in 2013, with the sole motivation behind building up an inspiring place that offers equivalent chances to each person. We are right now working with the transgendered people, as well as hearing impaired. 80% of workforce is comprised of trans members and hearing-impaired employees, who work at different levels from housekeeping to the board, depending upon their range of skills.
Prior to joining, all the staff individuals (specially the Kitchen Operation group) are educated regarding the work culture and the group that they would be working with. They have confidence in experiential learning, so they work with their team on personal, behavioral and professional grooming. We have strict approach for our customers, who must approach and treat our staff with respect.
These are some of the initiatives taken by the companies, which might also provide ideas and insight to other companies and inspire other to also work towards Diversity and Inclusion in their organization.