Top tips to building an inclusive workplace starting now

Uncategorized - Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 02, 2021

Business in the Community Ireland

The Elevate Pledge determined the key barriers in achieving meaningful diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Here are some of our top tips on how to overcome these barriers.


  • Including unnecessary criteria in job descriptions
  • Insisting on Irish experience in a similar role
  • Asking for school exam Results (Leaving Certificate/Junior Certificate results)
  • Asking for disclosure of criminal convictions (Ban the Box)
  • Asking for Stamp 4 or EU only
  • Using aptitude tests
  • Using complex online application forms designed for “standard” applicants
  • Using referrals to screen candidates
  • Viewing diversity & inclusion as a HR issue – it’s a whole organisation issue
  • Looking for years of experience in entry level roles
  • Hiding behind generic equal opportunities statements
  • Accepting everyday racism/sexism/jokeism in the workplace


START (or continue)

  • Creating partnerships for inclusion
  • Expanding recruitment channels
  • Screening in candidates from under represented groups
  • Offering pre-employment supports with schools or NGOs to develop future talent
  • Setting Inclusion targets for large recruitment drives
  • Making management for diversity & inclusion training mandatory
  • Exploring government supports and incentives to resource inclusion
  • Encouraging challenging conversations
  • Looking beyond the stereotype
  • Challenging bias and perception at every opportunity
  • Agreeing tangible actions and achievable targets, don’t be afraid to start small
  • Thinking of inclusion in every policy and every aspect of your business

Find out more about our Inclusive Workplace Pledge, Elevate.

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