To support all employees to bring their best selves to work everyday, people practices such as respectful workplace, bereavement, and flexible working policies; inclusion education; and a focus on accommodation and flexibility can be a strong foundation. However, to ensure these people practices have the impact that was intended, two elements must be in place: the culture must support them, as demonstrated through leadership communication and uptake; and leaders who implement them must be able to do so in a bias-aware way.
Keys to equitable implementation of these policies are:
- Making sure all employees are aware of the available policies, and the rights and obligations they provide.
- Using discretion in an equitable, bias-aware way (i.e. so all employees feel comfortable using them without being concerned that it could affect how they are evaluated).
- Setting the example and demonstrating the organization’s commitment to inclusion by visibly utilizing the practice themselves.
Feeling supported will influence employees’ willingness and abilities to both engage at work and stay.
Are your people practices fully supporting engagement and retention?