If your credit union is just starting to talk about workplace diversity as a business case, you’re behind the curve, said Jeffery Tobias Halter.
Halter, president of strategic consulting company YWomen, told an CUNA America’s Credit Union Conference executive series session that businesses conceptually know it is a good idea.
“There needs to be a vocal, visible, C-suite commitment,” he said.
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If CEOs do have hostile or harassing work environments, they need to write—and enforce—a zero tolerance policy, he said.
“If we truly embody our culture, we need to reinforce our values,” Halter said.
And, if you need a bright, educated workforce, you need women, he said.
In a competitive employment environment, highly educated workers are at a premium.
“There aren’t enough people to go around so you can’t afford to lose anyone, especially the ones who are talented,” Halter said.