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Why Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) … and Why Now?
with Huntington Bank
Discover what diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can mean to your business, brand, and bottom line. Learn how Huntington Bank grew from accessibility to inclusion to making both an executive leadership priority.
Frequently Asked Questions for Increasing Inclusion
How do I make my organization more inclusive?
Many people with disabilities want to work and have valuable skills they bring to the table. Diversity of people leads to diversity of thought, which results in better and stronger organizations!
What can you do?
- Take an honest look at your current level of diversity.
- Review your organization’s policies.
- Start an Employee Resource Group (ERG) for people with disabilities.
- Educate your current team members about diversity & inclusion.
- Connect with disability leaders and advocates in your area.
How can I help coworkers with disabilities?
Here are 5 quick tips for being the best coworker for a person with a disability:
- Treat them like everyone else. A coworker with a disability is just like any other coworker. Walk right up and say hello, introduce yourself, chat about the weather or the local sports teams.
- Ask them how they prefer to communicate. While your team may use Slack or Teams to send quick messages to one another, your new coworker may find it easier to get these messages via email. Make a note for yourself so you don’t forget.
- Be sure your documents are accessible. All Microsoft programs have an Accessibility Checker feature you can run to ensure you’ve reached a minimum level of accessibility.
- Do not help without asking first. Unless your coworker is in immediate physical danger, always ask before lending a hand. The answer may be, “No thanks, I’ve got it!” Even if it takes them longer to do a task than it would for you, if they want to do it independently, let them.
- Memes and GIFs need alt text. If you’re playing with GIPHY in Slack, you can reply to the GIF and write alternative text so coworkers with visual disabilities are in on the LOL or #fail moment.