Summary

  • Conferences, team building activities, holiday celebrations, and networking events are opportunities to help promote and grow diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. 
  • Using Mixtroz, create unbiased connections at your gatherings by prompting attendees to provide information on how they see themselves. Based on commonalities, attendees are grouped together regardless of appearances or titles.

In the last few years, many businesses have placed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into greater focus and put in the work both internally and externally.  

One of the ways that organizations have implemented their DEI initiatives is through corporate events. This includes any event or social activity funded by the business, such as conferences, team-building gatherings, holiday parties, and networking events. 

You might be wondering why corporate events are critical to successful DEI initiatives. It’s because corporate events are an excellent opportunity to build DEI into the company's ethos and inspire employees to do what is necessary to create a more inclusive workplace.

In this blog post, we outline how to include DEI initiatives in conferences, team-building activities, holiday gatherings, and networking events. Building a better, more inclusive workplace takes time and work, so let’s get started!

Conferences 

Incorporating DEI in the workplace isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. 

The same goes for conferences. These spaces aren’t just about appearances or checking boxes—diversity needs to be at the core of a conference for it to reach its full potential.

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Think about it this way: Your event should mirror the diversity of your society. This means including people of all genders, races, ages, physical abilities, educational levels, and economic classes. It’s about the value of diverse perspectives.

The clearest way to do this is by featuring diverse speakers. In doing so, you give them the literal microphone so the audience can learn from their breadth of expertise, views, and experiences.

Team-Building Activities 

What motivates people to do well in their jobs? Despite popular belief, money isn’t the number one motivator, although it is a factor. Employee motivation comes from a combination of things, including a sense of progress and purpose through task engagement and connection with fellow employees. And that connection isn’t just the cherry on top. According to Gallup, connected teams see 23 percent more profitability than disconnected teams.

Team-building with a focus on DEI will give you ways to make employees feel more connected on a human level. Consider creating activities centered around: 

  • Explaining the experiences that have shaped them.
  • Sharing how they experience the world.
  • Confronting stereotypes.
  • Bringing biases to the forefront.
  • Perspective-taking, also known as walking in someone else’s shoes.

Not only can these activities create a stronger sense of belonging, but they can also improve employee engagement and retention.

Holiday Gatherings

It’s easy to host gatherings that recognize specific “popular” holidays. However, developing a greater awareness of the spectrum of cultural holidays provides significant benefits to both the company and workers. Many holiday celebrations are more than just experiences—they are significant contributors to people’s identities. 

To ensure your holiday events are inclusive, involve people from varying backgrounds and religions in holiday event planning. To get started, consider utilizing an interfaith calendar and planning events for those holidays to celebrate and raise awareness. If those who celebrate are interested, invite them to share their experiences with the holiday. 

Bringing people together to celebrate builds better engagement, and when people get to know each other on a personal level, collaboration increases. 

Networking Events

There is a large body of research that shows that people are naturally drawn to those who are similar to them. In a workplace that has a majority population, this habit can be unintentionally exclusive. 

A casual drink and a few networking events with like-minded people can’t cause any harm, right? Unfortunately, although these events might seem harmless, they can have consequences for employees from underrepresented communities or marginalized backgrounds.  

Event planners need to engage with employees to learn about their personal preferences and ensure activities are considerate of diverse backgrounds, personalities, cultures, and physical abilities. You can:

  • Learn the networking preferences of employees from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Create a more diverse event planning committee.
  • Plan events that don’t revolve around drinking.
  • Organize more daytime events.

The list goes on, but every employee should try and be more intentional about who they make connections with

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Begins with Connections

We won’t get far if we don’t make connections. You can create unbiased connections at your gatherings by using Mixtroz—a platform that prompts attendees to provide information based on how they see themselves. Attendees are then grouped based on commonalities, regardless of appearances or titles.

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