How to Promote Inclusivity in the Workplace
An inclusive environment encourages diversity, engagement and belonging. Inclusivity is an important value in company culture, and one that can seriously affect employee retention. Here are some of the many ways you can embrace and promote inclusivity in the workplace.
Educate Managers & Leaders
Managers are often on the frontline with their employees, so it is imperative that they be trained to understand and support all employees. Cultural training and diversity workshops should be held for leaders to ensure that they have all the tools necessary to successfully lead a diverse team.
Celebrate Differences & Foster Diverse Thinking
The best part about a diverse team is the multitude of different cultures, opinions, ideas, beliefs, and experiences. These differences are necessary to better understand the world around us. Ensure that employees are valued because of their differences, and not despite them.
Re-think Work Meetings
There are easy ways to make meetings more accessible to all employees. Distribute the meeting agenda and material in advance to allow those who are introverted or who struggle with the language of the meeting to prepare. Connect with your teleworkers and give them the opportunities to join the meetings via the proper technology.
Listen to Employees
Your team members and employees should feel heard. Encourage one-on-one discussions to learn more about your employees’ needs, as well as their ideas and opinions, and follow up where possible. Not only will this allow you to better understand your team, but it will also prove to your employees that you value them.