At last serious conversations around corporate diversity are happening. According to McKinsey & Company, the U.S. spends $8 billion on diversity training every year, but we are far from reaching systemic equity. Business leaders are assessing their internal company processes and trying to move toward more diverse and inclusive practices.
As many of us continue to work remotely, it can feel like we are more disconnected or our company culture is out of our hands. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can all better support our colleagues and the companies we work for to have a real impact on diversity and inclusion within our teams. Change must happen at every level, especially at the individual. Small changes in how each and every one of us approaches diversity add up to a tremendous difference.
What the Black Lives Matter movement and increased diversity and inclusion initiatives demonstrate is every single person must be involved in the solution. Taking up allyship is a great first step and demonstrates support. But what is really needed are comrades, individuals who work to drive change, especially during work hours.