Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at the Workplace With Divaker Pulkuri – Executive Summary – uExcelerate

Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at the Workplace With Divaker Pulkuri – Executive Summary

Speakers: 

Divaker Pulkuri, General Manager – Head L&OD and Talent Management at Cafe Coffee Day 

Moderator: 

Fatima Hussain, Psychologist and Research Analyst, uExcelerate

Overview

There is mounting pressure on organizations to ensure that all their employees feel included, represented and welcomed at work. Yet, HR faces big challenges when it comes to making DE&I initiatives work. Many people fail to realize that it is not enough to simply create and implement DE&I programs but it is imperative to build these into the foundation of the culture that runs throughout the organization. 

Learn from Divaker Pulkuri, General Manager – Head L&OD and Talent Management at Cafe Coffee Day in uExcelerate’s latest webinar as he shares his experiences and insights on implementing some of the most admirable DE&I initiatives within the renowned coffee chain and why he feels it is important to create a culture of inclusion at the workplace. 

Context

In this exclusive webinar learn from Divaker Pulkuri, General Manager – Head L&OD and Talent Management at Cafe Coffee Day in uExcelerate’s latest webinar as he shares his experiences and insights on implementing some of the most admirable DE&I initiatives within the renowned coffee chain and why he feels it is important to create a culture of inclusion at the workplace. 

Key Takeaways

What is Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Diversity can be considered for a group of people who are different from each other on multiple human and geographical demographics and are brought together for their skills. Equity is fairness. Inclusion focuses on creating and having a culture that nurtures this talent and provides them with a healthy work atmosphere. Belonging to an organisation that engages the full potential of the individual, where innovation thrives and beliefs and values are integrated. 

While hiring diverse talent is important, retaining this talent over a reasonable time within the organisation has gained substantially higher importance in the past few years. 

What are the Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace?

  • A diverse and inclusive environment will yield better financial results 
  • It will foster teams that are more innovative and creative 
  • It will create higher retention rates where employees feel heard, valued and a inculcate a sense of belonging 
  • It will enhance employee satisfaction 
  • It will garner the creation of a Global Think Tank with ideas coming from all diverse sectors 
  • It will foster enhanced performance 
  • It will help create a preferred brand image 

The Challenges of Setting Up DE&I at your Workplace?

  • You will need to strengthen Diversity and Inclusion Knowledge to successfully implement the DE&I plan
  • It is important to have a strategy in place in order to implement the De&I plan successfully
  • The working women ratio should be equal to the working men ratio
  • It is important to hire higher skilled employees and the right talent 
  • Consider the cost on training unskilled labour 
  • You may be faced with communication issues with seniors and teammates 
  • A challenge to dissipate cultural misunderstandings 
  • Removing discrimination from the mindsets of leaders and consequently from the foundation of the organisation may prove to be a challenge 
  • You may struggle to fight biased Inclusion
  • There may be resistance to accept new diverse shifts such as women as a boss

Make Culture/Inclusion your biggest Strength 

This pandemic turned out to be an opportunity for organizations to gauge how truly and deeply their inclusion practices were embedded and swon in their DNA. How we sustain, adapt, grow and thrive as an organization will surely have DE&I as one of the pillars in its foundation. 

Conclusion

While it may be challenging to implement DE&I initiatives in the workplace, the payoff is worth the effort. By opening the doors of acceptance and inclusion, employees will feel like they belong to the organisation. This will inturn increase retention and productivity to take the organisation to new heights of success. 

uExcelerate – a Digital Leadership Coaching Platform

uExcelerate can help you seamlessly integrate a coaching culture within your organisation. Whether you want to develop your coaches internally or hire them externally, uExcelerate can be one stop solution for all your coaching needs. . 

uExcelerate is a SaaS platform enabling organizations to scale coaching and build sustainable coaching cultures to foster personalized talent development for their  employees.

 The platform offers holistic, customized solutions to democratize your coaching requirements for modern organizations in two ways:

The Coaching Platform: For your internal coaching requirements, our platform enables organizations to launch their on-demand end-to-end coaching programs by onboarding your Manager or Leaders as Internal Coaches and team members as Coachees, thereby building a coaching culture within the organization.

It allows you to build and scale up the coaching practice to all levels of your organisation and helps you build coaching capabilities within the organisation. Not only that, we can also help you build your internal coaching capabilities with ease. 

 The platform functionality includes:

  • Cloud Based AI Coaching Platform: Helps you create your own on-demand e-coaching engagements. Designed to manage your employee coaching lifecycle and allowing easy integration of a coaching culture in your organization. 
  • Democratize Coaching: uExcelerate democratizes coaching by offering multiple types of coaching options such as one-on-one coaching, team coaching and group coaching.
  • Intuitive Features: Easy Set up; Multiple Program Management; On-board Internal Coaches and employee; Digital Coaching tools, Session Planning & Scheduling; Integrated live video sessions; Action Planning & Goal Setting Scalable and location agnostic, Data analytics and Reports
  • The Coach Marketplace: uExcelerate provides access to a curated coach marketplace with over a hundred coaches from around the world for you to choose from. All the coaches on the platform are experienced, certified and specialized in their fields of knowledge.

The Coaching Marketplace: For your external coaching requirements, our platform connects organizations to a pool of experienced & certified external Coaches from our curated marketplace that enables employees to achieve their personalized transformation, leading towards  tangible organizational goals. 

So if you or the people in your organization are looking for a niche/specific coaching need,  wherein internal coaches may not be suitable, you can use our marketplace of 200 coaches to get the right-fit coach  that will work for you and your organization.

  • Our AI powered Coach – Coachee Matching platform helps you find and choose the coach that fits your needs best. 
  • All the coaches on the platform are experienced, certified and specialised in their fields of knowledge.
  •  All the coaches are certified from reputed organisations, with a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in their field of work and at least 500 coaching hours under their belt. 
  • The coaches are selected to ensure that they can help you with all your problems and help you grow into a better version of yourself. 

Divaker Pulkuri is the General Manager – Head L&OD and Talent Management at Cafe Coffee Day, Harvard ManageMentor, Ex-Arvind Fashions, Mahindra Retail and Reliance Retail. With many roles within HR, Divaker has championed learning and development strategies for Retail and Omni-channel models for leading retail organizations in India. He has recruited and developed talent at mid, senior & top management. Divaker has Managed L&D P&L by building talent ecosystem and vendor relationships. He has conceptualized, designed and developed competency assessment programs for people evaluation. And he has played pivotal role in thought leadership in addressing programs to bridge both functional and technical skill gaps. 

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