Benefits of working with an early-stage DEI consultant
March 8, 2022at11:00 AM
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of every healthy work culture. When staff members do not feel valued or recognized in their professional environment, they are far less likely to strive for exceptional results or advance in their careers.
At Socius Strategies, our name speaks for itself. ‘Socius’ is a Latin word that translates to partner, ally, or associate. In our view, DEI is integral to every successful professional partnership. Our DEI consultants offer an honest assessment of the current strengths and weaknesses of your business, a safe space for your staff to speak about their experiences, and actionable tips to help you grow as a more socially aware organization.
Hiring a DEI consultant during the early stages of your business is an excellent way to establish a positive work culture. Below we have detailed a few key benefits that our consulting services have to offer.
Employees are more likely to voice ongoing concerns
Advocating for oneself in a non-inclusive work environment can be extremely isolating. Many organizational shortcomings go unaddressed for years simply due to a lack of encouragement on the part of the employer. Hiring a DEI consultant is an excellent way to send a message to your professional team, letting them know that you value their opinions and are working to foster a healthier work environment. Furthermore, bringing in an outsider whose sole objective is to strengthen personal ties within a company often makes workers feel more empowered to voice their concerns. After all, there are no better critics than the people who are closest to your company.
Improve your reputation
While employers should always put the day-to-day experience of their staff first, hiring a DEI consultant offers the added benefit of uplifting your reputation as a business. Companies that dedicate resources to diversifying their team and progressing towards a more inclusive future will undoubtedly become more attractive to clients and partnering businesses. The vast majority of businesses that invest in DEI consulting see an impressive return in new clientele and lucrative business relations. Therefore, this service is mutually beneficial for both employers, and valued team members.
Increase your pool of applicants
Whether you currently have an established professional team or you are urgently looking to fill an open position, there is never a bad time to increase your talent pool by sparking the interest of potential applicants. Creating a reputation as a business that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace is by far the best way to encourage a wide variety of individuals to come and work for you when a position becomes available. As a result, your company will have a much larger pool of qualified candidates to choose from.
Understand your current successes and failures
During the beginning stages of a new business, it can be difficult to navigate the cultural landscape and ensure the effectiveness of your approach. Unfortunately, even well-intentioned business owners often make mistakes that severely damage the experience of their employees. For example, an employer may not be aware of a biased company policy that is hindering opportunities for certain groups. Executives may also fail to address their staff appropriately due to a lack of education. With the help of an experienced DEI consultant, organizational leaders are able to identify their mistakes, and determine the best next steps towards an excellent work culture and overall job satisfaction.
Every organization can benefit from more diverse, equitable, and inclusive operations. Our DEI consultants at Socius Strategies work with companies of all sizes and across all industries to achieve fully optimized professional environments. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our services.