Fostering unity: STI Corporate’s Journey To An Inclusive Environment
STI Corporate is a holding company that comprises different companies. We are dedicated to fostering inclusivity among all of them.
Inclusivity is essential for creating a successful and sustainable workplace. Here at STI Corporate we have offices in countries all around the world and employees from different backgrounds, so this topic is very important to us. When employees feel valued and respected, they are more likely to be engaged and productive. In the past years we have seen how inclusivity fosters creativity and innovation, as people bring their unique perspectives and experiences to the table. It also helps to create a more positive work environment, reducing stress and improving mental health.
We also believe that diversity and inclusivity have significant financial benefits. A diverse and inclusive workplace can increase revenue and profits, as diverse teams tend to be more creative, productive, and innovative. They are also more likely to have a better understanding of diverse customers, leading to better products and services.
Crafting a workplace that embraces diversity
We have personally experienced that cultivating an inclusive atmosphere is not an overnight accomplishment. It’s a long journey, but with the appropriate leadership and a dedicated team, wonderful things can be achieved.
Here are 5 ways that helped us create a more inclusive workspace:
1. Diverse hiring process is a key
Hiring a diverse workforce is the first step we took. At STI Corporate we are making a conscious effort to attract a diverse pool of candidates and ensure that the hiring process is fair and free from bias. This includes removing any requirements that may be discriminatory and ensuring that job descriptions use inclusive language.
2. Providing training and education
Training and education are essential for creating an inclusive workplace. This definitely helped us to raise awareness of the challenges faced by diverse employees and it’s easier for all to understand the importance of inclusivity.
3. Fostering an inclusive culture
Creating an inclusive culture means that everyone feels welcome and supported and this is something we put a lot of attention to here in STI Corporate. We are working on implementing an open-door policy and are always encouraging feedback. Another great way is to create employee resource groups to provide support and networking opportunities for diverse employees.
4. Providing flexibility
Flexibility is an essential aspect of inclusivity. At STI Corporate we are offering flexible work arrangements, such as remote or hybrid work options, to accommodate diverse employees' needs. This can help to reduce stress and improve work-life balance, leading to more engaged and productive employees.
5. Celebrating differences to make everyone feel included
We believe that encouraging your team to practice their culture and traditions within your company as one of the best ways to demonstrate that you respect them. For us it’s very important to recognize and celebrate days with significance to other communities. We are also making sure that employees of various races, cultures, and ethnicities have a say in our organization's decision-making process.
By nurturing a culture that values varied perspectives and backgrounds, we empower our employees to collaborate, innovate and grow. We strongly believe that inclusive workplaces pave the way for increased creativity, higher level of employee satisfaction and better decision-making. At STI Corporate we are very happy to have such a wonderful and diverse group of people from different cultural backgrounds and we celebrate them every day.