5 Keys to Help Company Execs Implement an Inclusive Work Culture

Collective change has always begun at the grassroots level. Across civilizations, revolutionary paradigms have been born from the fierce, consistent, and united efforts of the people on the ground. Though many of these demands for fundamental rights have taken years to achieve, these efforts have brought about transformation.

An equitable future is not only the key to a healthy society but a healthy economy as well. A 2020 McKinsey report revealed that companies thrive when everyone is treated fairly. In a study that followed over 1,000 companies worldwide, it was found that the organizations that consistently prioritized DEI standards were more than 30% likely to outperform their peers financially. The companies that struggled with DEI implementation (for any number of reasons) saw slowed growth and performance overall.

Today, we ask Dr. Tana Joseph for an overview of how executive leaders can actively get involved with implementing change. She highlights five key areas of focus for executives to consider when creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) experience. 

Active belief in DEI work and all that it stands for 

Taking DEI work seriously is at the heart of implementing effective and lasting policies. Seeing DEI regulations on the same level as safety and health regulations can make it even easier to consider their importance. When equity is viewed as a fundamental part of company culture, we make natural strides toward creating a sustainable and welcoming environment for all. 

Engage with staff, members, and fellow executives to show interest, improve interpersonal dynamics, and share perspectives. 

Hold and attend company meetings, trainings, and events that highlight and support diversity and inclusion efforts. Get to understand what your team needs then collaborate on creative solutions. 

Check your stats and revisit them regularly. 

Consider your company’s HR statistics such as retention rates, racial and gender demographics, wages, engagement, and all of the inner workings of your organization. Taking so many details into account can seem daunting, but it’s helpful to create SMART  (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals. You will start to see the effects of your actions by breaking your goals down into smaller steps. With time, your organization will be taking strides toward a truly inclusive future.  

Bring in outside help wherever needed. 

Considering the various ways that your organization can embrace a healthy future, you may need outside help. Rather than taking on DEI efforts and foundational changes alone, it is most effective to bring in industry experts. Just as you would hire an accountant for financial management or a photographer for professional headshots, a DEI expert can help your team achieve a lasting sense of equity and fairness. 

Work on the inclusion part of DEI efforts before worrying about meeting diversity quotas. 

Although diversity is important, doing too much with little awareness of other cultures and experiences can readily backfire. To make the diversity of your company a genuine and well-rounded part of your organization, focus on inclusion first. It is essential to understand and address any lingering issues within your company at present. Ideally, you can then collectively lay the foundation for a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture. 

Although the responsibility of change is often placed on those who need it most, true transformation in company culture can only happen with buy-in and investment from executives and leadership. Following the five steps featured here is a great start, but if true change is to happen, DEI must be thought of early, often, and integrated with all the company does, rather than its own separate category. 

Still not sure where to start? Thinkubator Media can help. Contact team@thinkubatormedia.com to learn more about our DEI consulting support with Dr. Tana Joseph.

Keeping Empowered Women in Power: Getting to Know Dr. Tana Joseph

Dr. Tana Joseph has stargazed across the world. Meeting fellow scientists, learning new languages, and making sure her passport doesn’t get too full have kept her busy all while running her company AstroComms and conducting scientific research. With such a robust and active life, we wanted to learn more about what keeps Tana grounded so that she can continue reaching for the stars. 

Who is Dr.Tana Joseph? 

Since falling in love with the beauty and vastness of space as a young girl, Tana was determined to land amongst the stars herself. With a naturally curious and scientific mind, Tana was a problem solver, eager to learn and discover new answers and possibilities. Becoming an astrophysicist has introduced Tana to diverse and life-changing experiences traveling the globe.

Tana founded her company AstroComms in 2018 to level the playing field in the world of STEM. AstroComms takes a DEI-focused approach to improving the culture and practices in the sciences. She explains how a core part of her joy and teachings encourages her clients to follow “Bayesian Statistics” by honoring their own innate wisdom and curiosity as observers of everyday life. By holistically approaching science, we can develop and broaden our own understanding of the world around us. 

Tana also travels the globe, attending and speaking at conferences as well as consulting with fellow scientists and CEOs from around the world. 

Creating a Healthy Work-Life Balance 

Since the pandemic, life has changed drastically for many of us. With worldwide shutdowns, CEOs and employees alike have had ample time to consider important improvements that inspire a more sustainable future. More resources and tools are becoming available to ensure that more of us can prioritize our health and well-being in the midst of so much complexity and change. 

Tana enjoys her free time, thanks to a flexible lifestyle. By choosing to remain single and child-free, along with enjoying remote four-day work weeks, Tana can readily prioritize herself and her passions. With most of her spare time going to travel, DEI work, and astrophysics, she understands that it would be very difficult to juggle those deeper relational commitments. Although we honor mothers and wives who are devoted to their loved ones, careers, and passions, Tana reminds her audience of young women, in particular, that it is important for each of us to live an enriched personal life of our own. She advocates for each of us to: “Know that you are enough. Know yourself, your privileges, shortcomings, and biases. Honor yourself and give yourself and others the grace to take up space.”

As Tana creates space for herself and for others who are socially marginalized, it is clear that she is dismantling a system that spans across cultures and classes. With so much at stake, it has been essential for her to remain empowered, flexible, and graceful towards herself and others. Tana expresses herself with a quiet and regal confidence.  

She boldly recognizes and embodies the idea that being considered a “minority” holds great power. The minority is often the most striking part of a whole. Tana shows us that using your voice and your own unique perspective in any space opens the door to a world of possibilities.   

DEI expert and Astrophysicist Dr. Tana Joseph Joins Thinkubator Media

No matter how big or small a team is, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must be a part of your DNA.

Dr. Tana Joseph is joining Thinkubator Media to offer her skills to support DEI efforts and education for companies and founders.

We firmly believe that inclusion must be thought about early and often to create an equitable, safe, and welcoming environment for everyone.

How can Dr. Joseph help?

Dr. Joseph provides training sessions and workshops on topics such as:

Dr. Joseph also works 1-on-1 with teams to create effective and measurable DEI strategies and workplace policies, and develops bespoke training on inclusive public engagement, conference presentations, and how to run meetings, seminars, and conferences through the lens of inclusion.

Welcome to the team, Dr. Joseph!

ABOUT TANA
Dr. Tana Joseph is a South African astronomer, entrepreneur, public speaker, and social justice advocate for the sciences.

She obtained her PhD in physics in 2013 and has been awarded both Fulbright and Royal Society fellowships in recognition of her research excellence.

Dr. Joseph is passionate about science communication and firmly believes that science is for everyone. In 2018, she founded her own science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) communications and consulting company, AstroComms.

Dr. Joseph is an advocate and consultant for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and decolonization efforts in astronomy and science. In this capacity, she works as the Equity and Inclusion coordinator for astronomy in the Netherlands.

Interested in working with Tana? Contact us!