Creating an #InclusiveCulture starts at the top.
In the past, inclusive cultures were measured by the level of #Diversity in the workforce. But this isn't enough. It's no longer just about skin colour, gender, or sexual orientation anymore. A company's culture needs to be inviting to all aspects of diversity - embracing socioeconomics, religious beliefs, and differing abilities as well - and the way that a company treats its employees determines the level of cultural inclusivity.
An inclusive culture creates a workplace where people are able to bring their whole selves to work - where apart from protecting employees from #Discrimination, it also promotes an environment where people feel safe enough to be themselves.
Leaders need to create a respectful workplace by teaching management to foster and value diversity in their thinking, including the voices of underrepresented groups from the workforce, who can express their thoughts and opinions on what is needed to create a better work culture without fear of recrimination.
We all have our own voice and embracing those differences enables people to feel included. Walk around to see and feel the atmosphere - consider adding spaces that allow for virtual connections as well as physical ones.
Diversity training and workshops are important for everyone (including management and executive teams) to better understand and respect each other’s different strengths and world views, ensuring all feel respected and valued.
Without demonstrable commitment and accountability from the top, the result will be a box-ticking exercise. However, encouraging an authentic culture of inclusion in the workplace, is good for people, good for business, and good for society.
How do you ensure everyone feels included?