Director, APAC Diversity & Employee Engagement
VP, Product and People Science
Today, many organisations are devoting more attention and resources to advancing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workforce. Companies with effective D&I strategies can experience multiple benefits such as higher revenue growth, increased employee productivity, reduced attrition rate and more.
We had the opportunity to speak with Roman Matla, Director, APAC Diversity & Employee Engagement at Google during our PeopleFirst APAC 2021 event. He shared the challenges of implementing a D&I program and tips on how HR leaders can prepare for 2022 and beyond.
Diversity and inclusion are two interconnected concepts.
It is crucial to drop the word ‘program’ as it suggests that there's a beginning, a middle and an end. Leaders have to understand that D&I is not a project but a mindset to make every employee feel valued, respected and safe.
To some, it may be a challenge to convince senior leaders to infuse in D&I into the organisation. However, D&I implementation creates a competitive advantage for every organisation to hire the best, attract the brightest and retain talents for as long as possible.
D&I has to be made non-negotiable, it has to be ingrained in how we do business.
Remembering that D&I is not a program but a journey.