Diversity in the workplace is supported by a compelling business case that argues for the health and sustainability of the organization. CEOs, board members, and senior leadership know they can create tremendous change in their organizations by modeling and demanding desired behaviors - it's up to them to take the next step.
In Norway, demographics in the marketplace and employee base are changing dramatically. In order to be successful, companies need to be an employer of choice. Companies that can attract, retain, and promote diverse employees will expand the talent pool available to them at all levels and have a positive impact on the bottom line.
Organizational change will only come when it is clear that CEOs, boards and senior leadership believe that diversity is integral to the achievement of key business goals. They must demand diversity and lead with actions that demonstrate the business importance of diversity.
Become aware of the existence and impact of stereotypes in your workplace.
Instead of assuming what people can't do at work, provide opportunities for employees to prove what they can do. Have high expectations for their contributions, and challenge them with meaningful work. Have equally high expectations for what your organization can do to advance diversity.
A diversity strategy will only succeed if it is communicated as part of the business strategy clearly and often at all levels of the organization.