Debbie Rodrigues | Oct 1, 2018 | 0
The Executive Assistant’s Guide To Championing DEIB in the Workplace
Executive Assistants have all the tools to become DEIB champions. Find out how you can empower inclusion in the workplace one day at a time.
Unfortunately, the profession of Executive Assistant is still frequently associated with nothing but managing schedules, inputting expenses, and taking minutes. But we know we do a lot more than just that.
We’ve got a superpower that can transform our workplace, and that’s the power of inclusion.
Ready to become an office hero? Let’s dive into how you can amplify your impact and become a champion of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB).
DEIB isn’t about checking a box; it’s about building a better workplace where everyone gets a fair shot at success. And we’re not only talking about feeling good—inclusive workplaces are more productive and innovative. When you get down to it, DEIB is about recognizing everyone’s unique contributions and making sure they have the platform to shine.
We, EAs, are connectors, the bridge between the C-suite and management, and the rest of the team. Now, imagine using that influence to set the stage for a work environment that’s as welcoming for all. Sounds good, right?
But remember, inclusivity is not about you—it’s about the positive impact you create. Your authentic intention is the key. Sure, you’ll pick up some new skills and grow professionally along the way, but the real win is the difference you make.
So, Executive Assistants, are you ready to roll up your sleeves and be the change? Every action counts, and every step forward is a step toward a more thriving, successful career and workplace.
Female employees primarily represent the profession of Executive Assistant. But other minority and underrepresented groups should also be included in DEIB initiatives. A few examples are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and neurodiverse.
To become a DEIB advocate you can:
- Champion DEIB: You’re in the perfect spot to see how to make everyday processes and communication more inclusive. Look around, where can you add more color and diversity?
- Amplify Diverse Voices: Sometimes, whispers get lost in the noise. As an EA, you can turn up the volume on those softer voices and make sure they’re heard.
- Drive Change with Leadership: Those leadership skills you’ve been polishing? Put them to the test by empowering others and driving DEIB initiatives.
- Engage with ERGs: Employee Resource Groups are gold mines for understanding diverse perspectives. Get involved, listen, and advocate.
By championing DEIB, you’re not just stepping up your game; you’re creating a ripple effect of positivity that can transform your entire organization.
So, how do you take this from inspiration to action? You can start by:
- Talking the talk and walking the walk.
- Encouraging dialogue on DEIB.
- Actively listening to your colleagues.
- Letting your language reflect the diversity you want to see.
- Celebrating cultural events.
- Advocating for fair policies.
When it comes to communication, you’ve got to do it with a DEIB lens:
- Listen Like You Mean It: Active listening is like digging for treasure. The more you dig (listen), the more gems (insights) you find.
- Empathize and Connect: Show you get it. Everyone wants to feel like they belong, and you can make that happen. Just remember to be authentic.
- Stay on Your Toes: Knowledge about DEIB is constantly evolving. Keep up by attending workshops and training sessions. Exercise your Growth Mindset muscles.
- Encourage the Chats: Make space for conversations about diversity and inclusion. A little chat can lead to big changes.
- Mind Your Language: Pronouns, people! They matter. And so does swapping out ‘guys’ for ‘folks,’ for example.
Remember, the impact of inclusive actions is cumulative.
Each conversation you start, each policy you advocate for, and every bit of language you consider with care, adds up. The effects extend far beyond the immediate team; they ripple out to shape the broader company culture.
Be bold in your initiatives, intentional in your actions, and relentless in your pursuit of equity. As Executive Assistants, we have the unique ability to not just witness change but to engineer it.
Celebrate every victory, learn from every challenge, and continue to push the boundaries of what it means to truly practice and champion DEIB.
Let’s make inclusion more than an intention—let’s make it our mission.
Our role is critical, our influence is significant, and our opportunity to make a difference is immense.
Dive into DEIB with conviction, and watch as your career—and your workplace—transforms for the better.
Let’s connect on LinkedIn to continue this conversation.