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How DEI Principles Can Improve Training & Prevent Workplace Accidents

By: Andrew Deen

 

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In any organization, keeping employees safe and well-trained should be a top priority. Unfortunately, while organizational leaders may have the right intentions, putting this into practice is often easier said than done. Fortunately, there are key practices that can make one more effective in training employees effectively and preventing accidents in the workplace.

Specifically, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) principles can be extremely effective frameworks for improving safety, employee well-being, and training processes. Understanding how these principles can improve workplaces can make it easier and more accessible to start implementing them oneself.

Here is how using DEI principles can improve training and prevent workplace accidents.

Inclusive Training Programs Make the Workplace More Equitable

 As any organizational leader knows, training plays a key role in the development of outstanding employees. Training employees effectively makes it easier for leaders to reach organizational goals. Unfortunately, many leaders are unaware that their training processes may cater to certain individuals while leaving some individuals behind. As one can imagine, this can affect how well employees perform in their roles.

When training programs aren’t inclusive, they fail to adequately train people from diverse groups and backgrounds. Training programs that aren’t inclusive typically don’t include references to certain types of experiences and fail to effectively express certain ideas to certain people. Thankfully, there is a solution that can ensure that all employees are being treated equitably.

In particular, utilizing DEI principles to inform new training programs and evaluate existing ones can help ensure that no employees are left behind. This will ensure that all employees receive fair training that gives them the same opportunities to thrive in their roles. As such, leaders can increase their ability to cultivate valuable workforces by prioritizing inclusive training programs that cater to a diverse range of employees.

Diverse Perspectives Can Uncover Unrecognized Hazards

Bolstering diverse perspectives is a key DEI principle that has the ability to improve organizations in amazing ways. One specific way that promoting diverse perspectives can benefit organizations is by uncovering previously unrecognized hazards in the workplace. Ultimately, this can prevent workplace accidents and make workplace settings safer for employees.

For companies that aren’t diverse, the lack of varying perspectives can make it easier to miss some hidden dangers in the workplace. However, those from diverse groups may have insights from unique past experiences that illuminate certain risks. In this way, incorporating DEI principles into organizational processes can help mitigate hazards in work settings and prevent workplace accidents from occurring.

DEI Principles Can Promote Communication and Continuous Employee Growth

Though initial training programs play a vital role in allowing employees to develop key skills, relying solely on onboarding training can stifle employee growth. Thankfully, DEI principles can play an impactful role in helping employees continually grow, evolve, and develop new skills.

In particular, DEI-focused companies encourage a culture of open communication where employees feel comfortable expressing themselves and asking for help. This process can actually help employees evolve throughout their careers and consistently develop and perfect their skills. Ultimately, this results in employees becoming more valuable to their companies, making it easier for leaders to achieve organizational goals and milestones.

When employees feel comfortable communicating their feelings and asking for assistance, they have more opportunities to learn and grow. This gives them room to continually develop as professionals and become more skilled over time. Consequently, taking advantage of DEI principles can promote better communication and more opportunities for employee growth.

Inclusion is Key to Promoting Great Company Culture that Makes Safety a Priority

Even if one’s company has a number of rules that promote employee safety, they won’t be very effective if they’re not a priority in company culture. As such, finding ways to bolster employee engagement and encourage the prioritization of safety in the workplace are key to keeping employees healthy. Thankfully, prioritizing DEI principles can help improve company culture in many ways, including prioritizing safety.

By implementing practices that promote DEI principles, employees will feel more included and valued in their roles. As a result of feeling more of a part of their work community, they’ll be more motivated to strive to reach company culture ideals. For companies committed to preventing accidents and keeping employees healthy, workplace safety will be one of these ideals.

In this way, DEI can help make employees safer by making them more likely to engage in company culture and prioritize safety.

DEI is Vital for Training Employees and Keeping Them Safe

While many organizational leaders are aware that DEI principles are valuable, few are aware of the amazing role these principles can play in training employees and preventing accidents in the workplace.

By prioritizing the implementation of DEI principles, organizations have the opportunity to give their employees effective development opportunities and a higher chance of staying safe. This being the case, DEI principles should be adopted by organizations across industries to help make them safer and more welcoming for all employees.

Published: April 19, 2023
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Andrew Deen has been a consultant for startups in almost every industry from retail to medical devices and everything in between. He implements lean methodology and is currently writing a book about scaling up business. Twitter @AndrewDeen14.

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