Inclusive workplace culture is a work environment that welcomes and values employees of diverse backgrounds.
Why Inclusive workplace culture?
Improved employee retention & engagement
organizations with diverse employees are more creative due to various ideas, perspectives, skills, and work experiences. People are more engaged because they know all suggestions are welcomed. Thus, they can think outside the box and won’t fear judgment or ridicule. Employees are more engaged because work becomes more meaningful and satisfying. When employees feel connected to the companies they’re working for, they’re less likely to quit their jobs. Not only do they help their employers reach business goals, they reward them by staying with them longer
How to recognize an inclusive workplace culture
Having a voice
Employees think they ‘have a voice’ with their companies when they’re allowed to express their concerns without judgment or fear of negative consequences. When employees feel they can say what’s on their minds, it positively impacts their work. Their recommendations could mean a new way of doing things, fresh ideas that could improve the company’s business and work processes, or even resolve issues within the company.
People need to be recognized for the contributions they bring to the company. More than productivity, companies with a diverse workforce need to recognize the unique value every individual brings. The distinctive set of skills and perspectives leads to higher levels of creativity and innovation necessary to propel the organization forward. The unique strengths and talents of each person should be celebrated and affirmed through regular feedback sessions between managers and direct reports and among peers
Feel a sense of belonging
Employees feel a sense of belonging when they feel secure and supported. Their managers and peers accept them. They feel included and able to identify with certain members of a group within the workplace. Belongingness is when a person can be their ‘authentic self at work. Employees feel a deep sense of belongingness with their employers and are engaged and motivated to do more.
Have access to learning and development opportunities
Training is aimed at providing professional development and isn’t just about catering to the needs of the company. Learning activities also support employees’ interest in gaining new skills or acquiring new hobbies or passions. L&D programs should be accessible to all employees, again regardless of age, sex, position, expertise, or experience. It should meet the individual needs of each employee.
A collaborative work environment is necessary to maximize each person’s unique skills and abilities. Moreover, it breaks down barriers and encourages inclusion on a company-wide level. Open-mindedness and respect are keys to making collaboration work among team members. Make sure everyone is allowed to be heard, and every person should be given credit for their contributions and ideas.