The resurgence of the national dialogue about racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement has forced the corporate sector to step up to improve workplace diversity. Despite this, the concept of workplace diversity is still not clearly understood.
These include the belief that most companies are already diverse, workplace diversity is only about race, it will cost the company, people from underrepresented groups are not applying for certain positions and the hiring of a diverse workforce is enough.
Addressing hundreds of years of inequality and discrimination takes more than a simple hiring initiative. To achieve workplace diversity, organizations must commit to long-term transformation and adopt a holistic approach to achieve it. These include empowerment of underrepresented groups in the workplace, conducting unconscious bias training, assessing customer-facing products, holding dialogues about race and diversity and implementing policies for handling discrimination complaints.