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Ep. 111: Andrea Hendricks on Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace Culture

Published on 2/5/2019

For many organizations, developing a culture that supports and embraces a wide variety of employees across races, cultures, ages, genders, disabilities, sexual orientations and more can be a challenge. Despite the hurdles, research shows that committing to a diverse and inclusive workplace contributes to attracting top talent, maintaining employee satisfaction and even increasing financial returns. 

A study by Glassdoor reveals that 67 percent of job seekers look for a diverse workforce when considering job offers. Eighty-three percent of millennials report being more actively engaged at companies with inclusive cultures, according to research by Deloitte University. Furthermore, when it comes to the bottom line, the latest research from McKinsey & Company finds that companies with executive teams that rank in the top 25 percent for racial and ethnic diversity are 33 percent more likely to reap profits above the national median for their industry.

In this episode of the Perspectives on Health and Tech podcast, we are joined by Andrea Hendricks, Cerner’s senior executive director of diversity and inclusion strategy. Andrea has more than 25 years of experience in collaborating with leaders in education, diversity and organizational development. Andrea discusses how the health care and health IT industries can cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplaces. She answers the following questions:

  • How do you define diversity and inclusion as it relates to the workplace? Why is the distinction between these two terms important, and how do they complement each other?
  • What are the health care and health care IT industries doing well in terms of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and what areas need the most improvement? Are there any unique challenge challenges that these industries face?
  • What are some examples of noteworthy resources, initiatives and programs that organizations are providing to promote genuine diversity and inclusion?
  • What is the next best step for leaders who want to start creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce culture or increase the efforts they already have in place?

Listen to the full podcast below, and click here for previous episodes of Perspectives on Health and Tech.

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