At In His Name HR, we provide the training necessary to help take your employees to the next level of employee engagement.
Organizations now actively seek ways to create a more welcoming workplace that respects employee diversity and give a voice to people who are often underrepresented. Whether you are a Christian-owned business or a religious-exempt employer, such as a Christian church, ministry, higher education institution or camp, we are here for you. By implementing our Bible-based, organization-wide diversity, equity and inclusion training program, you can create the thriving work environment you aspire to.
Why does your organization need diversity, equity and inclusion training? Well, because it’s Biblical! Let’s take a look at what God says about diversity, equity and inclusion.
All people are created equal.
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:27
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28
The rich and poor have this in common: the Lord made them both. – Proverbs 22:2
God sees everyone as the same.
For God does not show favoritism. – Romans 2:11
Treating all people fairly is paramount.
Yes, indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. – James 2:8–9
The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these. – Mark 12:31
God loves everyone.
“The mountains may shift, and the hills may be shaken, but my faithful love won’t shift from you, and my covenant of peace won’t be shaken,” says the Lord, the one who pities you. Isaiah 54:10
The Good News: No matter how the world changes around us, or what we are facing, HE is always there, guiding us through it all.
In a nutshell, God loves diversity, equity and inclusion, and Jesus set the example, so we should, as well. In addition to honoring Him, organizations promoting inclusive cultures provide a happier, healthier work environment. Indeed, according to a Deloitte survey, companies with inclusive cultures are:
Twice as likely to meet or exceed financial targets.
Three times more likely to be high-performing.
Six times more likely to be innovative and agile.
Eight times more likely to achieve better business outcomes.
Inclusive companies also produce more satisfied employees. This same survey revealed that employees in these environments were likely to stay with the company three times longer, 28% more engaged, and 51% more likely to recommend the company to others. For 80% of individuals surveyed, diversity, equity and inclusion remain a hugely important factor when committing to a workplace.
Robert Sellers, chief diversity officer at the University of Michigan, compares diversity, equity, and inclusion to a dance: “Diversity is where everyone is invited to the party. Equity means that everyone gets to contribute to the playlist. And inclusion means that everyone has the opportunity to dance.”
What is diversity, equity and inclusion training?
Much has been said about diversity, equity and inclusion in recent years. Many might consider these merely “woke” or “politically correct” terms. In reality, diversity, equity and inclusion training centers on helping every employee embrace and celebrate the many unique aspects of a diverse workplace to enable them to work together in harmony. Diversity, equity and inclusion embrace differences and value the unique perspective of each employee. Such training helps employees to:
- Stand up to discrimination, such as racial bias or sexual harassment, when they witness these injustices
- Understand the motivating (and de-motivating) work factors for every co-worker
- Examine their own beliefs and unconscious biases about diversity, and acknowledge their own possible discriminatory thoughts and attitudes
- Become more aware of workplace diversity issues, such as those that affect underrepresented groups
- Contribute to a healthy, inclusive workplace where each person is uniquely celebrated for their individuality and diverse qualities
- Learn how to collaborate effectively with those who possess different qualities and gifts
In His Name HR has provided our staff with exceptional Diversity Equity, and Inclusion training that aligns with our Christian worldview and values. Using Biblical text as a foundation provides greater understanding of the value of diversity, seeing others as equals, and not excluding anyone because they may look or sound different. I would recommend In His Name HR’s DEI training for all faith-based organizations.
Rod Redcay Executive Director of REAL Life Community Services
A quality diversity, equity and inclusion training program explores four different types of diversity:
- Biblical Diversity: Many denominations, many ideas and traditions. Diversity makes all denominations stronger.
- Internal Organizational Diversity: This refers to diverse attributes relating to or existing within a person; these are generally things people are born into and cannot change, such as their age, ethnicity, national origin, sex, physical and mental abilities, and cultural identity.
- External Organizational Diversity: These are characteristics that influence a person and can be changed, although socio-political and/or economic systems might make it difficult. These characteristics can include education, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family status, citizenship, geographical location, and personal experience.
- World View Diversity: Each employee brings to the table various unique life experiences. These experiences shape them and influence their world view. World view diversity can include political beliefs, outlook on life, and family upbringing. As a workplace increases in diversity, employees may find they possess very different experiences and world views from their co-workers, which, without training, can risk reinforcing stereotypes
Within any organization, employees face diversity among their unique roles. Some may be managers, some part-time employees; salaries and compensation may vary as well. But when employees can be seen and celebrated for their unique God-given qualities, backgrounds, and roles within the organization, the end result is a more cohesive, thriving work environment.
Let us help you leverage your strengths. Contact In HIS Name HR today to learn more about how to custom develop your Biblical diversity, equity and inclusion training.