An inclusive workplace is one that values the individual and group differences within its workforce. It enables a company to embrace the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives of the employees, which in turn enables the organization to leverage their talent, innovation, creativity and contributions.
In an inclusive workplace, the employees feel involved, welcome and valued. Everyone has equal opportunities, and there is no discrimination on any basis.
Why Is It Important To Maintain An Inclusive Environment At Work?
According to research, an inclusive environment at work results in higher productivity and job satisfaction.
The benefits that come along with an inclusive work environment are:
Employees who work in an inclusive environment have higher commitment towards their work as compared to employees who work in a non-inclusive work environment.
In an inclusive environment, workers experience a sense of belonging. No one feels left out and alienated. They feel connected to the organization at the macro level and their team at the micro level.
Research shows that in an inclusive environment, discrimination is minimal or non-existent. People treat each other equally.
With an increase in commitment and sense of belonging, and a decrease in discrimination, the work atmosphere is positive and this results in better co-operation between workers. Workers are encouraged to be tolerant and respectful of each other.
What Is Your Role As A Leader Of An Inclusive Workplace?
Creating an inclusive environment cannot be achieved by just one person. Every single worker in the organisation needs to be involved in this process. And as an inclusive leader, this process starts with you.
Once you know your role as a leader to create an inclusive culture, it is very important that you are eqipped with the right strategies on the how's of building an inclusive workplace. WIth this said, we would like to invite you for Hyphen's second event in the "People Innovation Connects" series, which is a panel discussion on Diversity & Inclusion.
Attending this event will help you understand:
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This excerpt is taken from the Interweave Consutling Blog.