Diversity & inclusion
Over the past several years, diversity and inclusion have gained widespread recognition for being essential to the long-term success of any business. Diversity in the workplace refers to the practice of hiring people with different identities related to race, gender, age, sexual orientation and more. Inclusion refers to valuing, leveraging and engaging those differences to build a stronger work culture.
D&I is about giving everyone a voice, providing psychological safety and building community. It's also about who gets to participate, how decisions are made and what kinds of people are in a position to influence outcomes.
This guide contains tips from the "Building an inclusive Workplace" guide. Download the complete playbook here.
How to do it in WorkplaceCreate social employee resource groups
1. Create social employee resource groups
Social resource groups are a great way to connect people who share the same identity, and to build a system of support for people who might be underrepresented in your organisation. Some examples of groups that Facebook has include: "Black@", "Women@", "LGBTQ@", "Differently Abled@", "Desis@" and many more.
Share resources in your Knowledge Library
2. Share resources in your Knowledge Library
Knowledge Library is a central space for important resources such as employee handbooks and onboarding materials. Create a new category in your Knowledge Library for inclusion and wellness resources, and share it with the whole organisation. Here are a few ideas for what to include:
- Company D&I mission and strategy
- Links to training courses
- Guides for employees and people managers
- A list of D&I groups
- Mental health and wellness resources
- Workplace accessibility features and how to use them
- Links for further learning
Hold live Q&As with experts
3. Hold live Q&As with experts
Have executives, D&I experts and ERG leads host inclusion strategy Q&As and use live video to broadcast the event to the entire organisation. These leaders can respond to employee questions in real time using the live Q&A feature, and you can encourage audience participation with comments, reactions and polls.
4. Celebrate diversity with internal campaigns
The Be the Ally campaign kit consists of a series of GIFs you can use to help define D&I-related terminology and promote your existing resources. Share a GIF in your company-wide discussion group and include links to relevant resources in the body of your post.
Visit the Toolkits section of the Customer Resource Centre to see other campaign kits available for download.Make video content accessible with captions
5. Make video content accessible with captions
Remove barriers to video content by adding captions to all videos shared on Workplace. Captions are available for both live and pre-recorded videos. They can be turned on automatically, regenerated, translated and edited, or captions can be added manually using an .srt file. Learn how in the Workplace Help Centre.
6. Share pronouns using the Status tool
The Status tool is a great way to share your pronouns with colleagues. On desktop, click on the emoji at the bottom left of your screen and update your status with your pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/them etc.) and an emoji.Benefits
- Encourage diverse opinions and ideas from your employees.
- Create a culture that welcomes differences.
- Develop a strong sense of community in your organisation.
- Encourage professional development and growth.
- Build more transparent communication around your diversity and inclusion efforts.
More helpful resources
- Building an inclusive Workplace – the complete guide to building a Workplace D&I strategy.
- Workplace for recognition - make your employees feel valued and inclusive. Use Workplace to build a culture of recognition and care.
- Workplace for recruiting - use Workplace to recruit diverse talent.
- Amplifying company culture - learn how to use Workplace to build internal comms that enhance and amplify your company culture