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Respect in the Workplace - Sample Policy

Crescendo disclaimer: This policy is for example purposes only. It may not meet the needs of your organization due to jurisdictional or other legal framework differences. Any adoption of this policy should include a review from any relevant parties to your organization’s circumstances.

Commentary is underlined to offer context on some sections and can be deleted in the final product. All text within [square brackets] is intended to be replaced with your company name as stated within the bracket.

The sections in this sample policy are as follows:

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Inclusion Guideline: Hiring Process

Hiring can be overwhelming, and when you have the added goal of hiring diversely, it can be hard to know where to start. It may be tempting to limit yourself to who happens to apply to your job, or to skim applications based on traditional measures like a degree from a top university. Unfortunately, that’s also a fast track to a homogeneous team.

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Inclusion Guideline: Product Development

Building for inclusion is fundamentally about ensuring the maximum number of people possible can use your product.

Add in the fact that marginalized communities have huge buying power - for example Americans with disabilities alone have $175 billion dollars in discretionary spending and global LGBTQ+ buying power is estimated at over $1 trillion dollars - building inclusive products has a direct revenue connection.

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How to Support Parents at Work

You’re likely already employing parents. Millennials are now in the 22-36 age range, and while it is true that many are delaying parenthood, these remain the most common years to start a family. Good policies will enable you to retain top performers through this life phase. Parents are skilled prioritizers, and many of them claim to be even more productive in their work than they were prior to parenthood. Supporting parents doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, and great policies can help you stand out from the pack as an employer of choice.

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How to Research and Implement D&I Metrics

Once you get past diversity and inclusion basics, the next step is all about finding what works in your organization. This means you need high quality diversity and inclusion (D&I) metrics - ones that help with eliminating researcher bias - so you can track progress over time.

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How to Build the Business Case for D&I at your Company

Diversity and inclusion is about a lot of things, chief among them creating work environments where all types of people are welcome and can thrive. Said another way, it’s about creating a work environment optimized for sourcing talent and increasing productivity.

When asking for money, resources, or even just executive support (which means asking for their time) for your diversity and inclusion strategy, be aware that you are competing against other corporate initiatives asking for resources. It may not be fair – buying new pens with logos on them can hardly feel comparative to a D&I program – but it’s the reality of budgets.

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