Organizations know that profits and productivity depend on having a workforce that is efficient, innovative, and great at solving problems. These bottom-line benefits are achievable when business leaders cultivate inclusive work environments, assemble diverse teams, and treat their employees equitably. Yet, when leaders frame these proven initiatives as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), pushback is common.
When you encounter DEI resistance, it’s helpful to remember that everyone has a role to play in creating culture-centric organizations. Talking with skeptics and critics might be challenging, but inclusion means engaging with everyone. How do you do that? Here are 10 practical tips for conversations with DEI critics.