June was Pride Month and the subject of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind. However, for small businesses, ESG and D&I can seem like challenging topics. With smaller employee numbers, it can be difficult for individuals to feel comfortable speaking up, and often there isn’t a dedicated HR representative to handle D&I policies. But don’t worry, getting started with a D&I policy doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are 5 easy steps to help kickstart your D&I journey.

1. Include Pronouns in Signatures

A simple policy to implement is updating company signatures to include gender pronouns. This can help break down assumptions and allow employees to easily state their preferences without having to make a big deal out of it.

2. Offer Floating Holidays

Floating holidays are a great way to make employees feel included and allow them to take time off for important events based on their culture and background. Simply designate a few days per year and let employees take time off as needed.

3. Create a D&I Channel

Establish a D&I channel or chat for employees to provide feedback or express their ideas on D&I matters. Make sure to provide anonymous options, such as a suggestion box or online solutions like SurveyMonkey and Incogneato.

4. Assign a Dedicated Person

Having a dedicated person employees can turn to for D&I discussions can make a big impact. It provides a personal touch and helps ensure that everyone feels heard and included.

5. Sign up with Eevery

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