What Diverse Talent Want in 2022
Diversity at work has never been more measured or discussed. But how can you create an environment where diverse talent can succeed?
As a company that is focused on creating opportunities for underrepresented talent, we wanted to provide companies with data-based, practical strategies to help them find, retain, and uplift diverse talent. Using our findings will help you ensure that the diverse talent already on your team wants to stay, and show diverse talent looking for new opportunities that your company is the one they should join.
To come up with those strategies, we went right to the source and conducted a survey with 490 diverse professionals across industries and career stages.
Keep reading for the four things that companies can do to improve their ability to keep their current talent and to appeal to new talent, too.
The Top 4 Things You Can Do to Attract and Retain Employees in 2022
- Be generous with compensation and learning and development offerings. 76% of diverse talent would be “very likely” to leave their job for a role that paid more, and 73% would leave for a job that offered more opportunities to learn new skills.
- Level up your DEI commitment. 69% of respondents wish their current companies would become more diverse.
- Commit to long-term flexible work. 55% of respondents wouldn’t consider staying at or accepting a job that didn’t let them work remotely at least part-time. Surprisingly, more respondents wanted to be able to flexibly schedule their 40-hour weeks than wanted a set 32-hour workweek.
- Consider intersectionality. Don’t look at employee experiences as if all employees were the same. For example, less than half as many Black respondents are happy with their company’s DEI training compared to white respondents.
Want to learn more? Read the entire What Diverse Talent Wants in 2022 report by downloading it for free here.
In celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Nike Ability* Network created “I Speak,” a video represented in both verbal and non-verbal language, to empower our disability community and build empathy to the diversity of all individuals’ lived experiences.
At Nike, we are committed to increasing disability representation across the company and ensuring our environments, products and programs are created with a lens on the disabled community throughout design, development, testing and marketing. To learn more about the Ability* Network and our other employee networks, check out: https://purpose.nike.com/employee-networks
We gathered a year’s worth of holidays in our Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, and here’s a summary of key holidays coming up this month and what you can say to teammates who celebrate them (in ways that are appropriate and not generic!):
For Hanukkah, which is celebrated from November 28 to December 6:
- “Hanukkah Sameach,” which means “Happy Hanukkah” in Hebrew
- “Chag urim sameach,” which means “happy festival of lights”
- “May your Hanukkah be filled with unexpected blessings,” to highlight the holiday’s celebration of miracles and blessings
For Winter Solstice, which is celebrated on December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere:
- “Warm wishes on Winter Solstice—may the spring come soon,” to reference it as the longest night of the year
- “From cold and dark to warmth and light, Happy Winter Solstice”
For Christmas, which is celebrated on December 25th by most western Christians and on January 7th by Eastern Orthodox Christians:
- “Merry Christmas!”
- “Blessings to you and your family this Christmas”
For Kwanzaa, which is celebrated from December 26 to January 1:
- “Heri za Kwanzaa!,” which is Swahili for “Happy Kwanzaa!”
- “Joyous Kwanzaa! Wishing you the most beautiful fruits of the harvest.”
General Holiday Greetings
For any end-of-year holiday:
- “Wishing you a happy holiday season and a peaceful New Year”
- “Season’s greetings!”
The teams that we are working with in 2021 are more diverse than ever. We all have unique values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, and behaviors. Our diversity is a strength, and having unique talent and perspectives drives organizational and individual performance forward. However, the real benefits of diversity like innovation, creativity, and financial gain can only be realized in an inclusive environment where individuals feel like they are valued and belong.
How do you set your team up to thrive in an environment where they feel like they belong?
Building that sense of inclusivity starts with leadership. Every decision we make as leaders, whether it be about business objectives, finances, or everyday actions, requires us to deeply consider the effects it will have on our team, our clients, and our community. Leaders who truly practice inclusive leadership ensure every member of their teams feels a sense of belonging and has the resources and support they need to achieve their full potential. Keep reading for three ways to foster belonging on your team through inclusive leadership.
Change your perspective. Being an inclusive leader requires us to view everything through the lens of inclusion. This lens helps you get a clearer focus on the areas where your actions, biases, or work culture need improvement. And by addressing those areas, you can strengthen your team’s sense of unity and ultimately create a work environment built on trust.
Reflect on your current behavior. It is essential that we ask ourselves the questions that will make us think about being equitable and inclusive in every aspect of our work and interactions. So, when leading with inclusion, we can ask ourselves: How are we communicating, delegating, and giving feedback? Have we created psychological safety to minimize threat responses from our team? Are we leading with empathy whenever possible?
Take action. After changing your perspective and self-reflecting, it’s time to take action to create an ecosystem built on trust where our people feel supported and set up for success. Inclusion requires active, intentional, and ongoing efforts to promote a sense of belonging for every employee, client, community member, and strategic partner. Not only does it involve policies and practices, it also requires the ability to envision and enact new ways of leading.
Across levels and functions, leaders need tools, resources, and support as they improve their ability to identify and mitigate bias, respect differences, build empathetic relationships, foster allyship, manage conflict, and bring out the best in their team.
Join us on December 9th for a community webinar in which we will discuss this (and other) key leadership lessons from 2021, as well as how to set your people up to thrive in 2022 and beyond! Whether you are preparing to move into a leadership role, have been promoted recently into leadership, or have been a people leader for many years, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to create a high-performing team culture where everyone feels like they belong.