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Everyone wants to feel they’ve been heard and taken seriously about what’s important to them, right? That’s one way to describe inclusion. Inclusion is the feeling that we’re part of a team or organization. That we’re respected. Inclusion is a tool… a strategy or an approach. It exists when we create a culture that makes a space for everybody to be present and to participate and contribute – feeling valued.
In today’s diverse world, we’re bound to encounter customers, vendors and even co-workers who speak English as a second language. When we are tired and frustrated it’s very easy to dismiss a person that’s struggling to speak English. Taking a moment to respectfully include customers who may not sound like us (or are easy to understand), we create equity... and powerful customer allies.
Personal style is just that – personal. Each of us has our own sense of fashion and identity that we express through our appearance. Each person is unique and it’s important that we don't let stereotypes keep us from getting to know the people that we work with. We need to respect and include others by looking beyond appearances… to see the person inside.
Sometimes it’s not about one type of bias but more about the ways in which biases can overlap. Equity and inclusion are about encouraging and listening to ALL voices. When ideas are dismissed or discouraged, or when there are negative consequences for speaking up, we miss opportunities for innovation and problem solving.
Each of us is a combination of many different aspects of our lives and we experience the world not just as one, but a blending of all of them. We must recognize that there are many facets of who we are: race, economic class, gender, even sexual orientation. These can impact how someone may experience workplace discrimination.
Inclusion is the intentional act of involving, empowering, and inviting all employees to contribute their best. It’s the key to achieving the advantage of diversity. Inclusion gives people a sense of belonging and the experience that they are welcomed, respected, valued, and treated fairly based on who they are and what they bring and contribute to the organization. Most organizations recognize the competitive advantage of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In order to leverage our organization’s diversity, we must create an environment where all voices can be heard and valued. That’s the basis of equity and inclusion… and it’s everyone’s responsibility. Difficult diversity dynamics will happen… but we can make our workplace more caring, engaging, and respectful when we put equity and inclusion in action!
Diversity just is... but inclusion is the glue that binds a productive and innovative workplace. These easy-to-use cards provides thought-provoking statements on effective ways to enhance and leverage the power of inclusion. These cards are great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
Diversity in today's workplace is a given... and the value of that diversity allows organizations to draw on a fuller range of experiences - allowing them to think more creatively and avoid biased decision-making. But what if that diversity is causing tension? What if inclusion and equity are slow on the uptake? Treating others with respect is paramount to a successful and inclusive workplace.
Studies have shown that having a diverse team is more innovative. But let's be real, finding and hiring diverse talent is often easier said than done. How can we get past potential bias and get the right talent in the door? And how do we keep them? This fast and fun new series answers common questions and provides real world tips on finding and keeping diverse talent.
Great teamwork starts with people feeling they are important… and that their experience, skills and ideas matter! However, when someone is an “Only One" it can be harder for them to feel like they are part of the group... feel like they are included! Are you an ‘only one’ on your team?
Gender and gender identity continue to present significant challenges due to strongly held traditions, beliefs and values. We need to be sure to watch out for double standards - such as, norms or “rules” applied to some groups and not to others.
We’ve probably all heard expressions that seem harmless. But the truth is their effects can be very destructive. And when we have to let a co-worker - maybe someone we've worked with for years - know that he or she has said something that's causing a lot of friction - it can be a real challenge because it's easy to fall into sarcasm.
Organizational diversity includes work habits and values that are affected by time zone differences, commuting patterns, virtual teams and geographic distance. This can be a significant challenge when organizations merge, especially when they’re in different locations.
Spreading false information or accusations concerning employees may be a violation of organization policy. Employees that engage in this type of behavior could have a disruptive effect on relationships at work and it could be seen as contributing to possible harassment or a hostile work environment.
Sometimes we may think it is okay to tell jokes about our own group or about other groups when we think no one will be offended. The problem is some jokes may cross the line between what’s okay and what may be a violation of a policy or work rule. Even if you are on a break...
One of the things bilingual employees often wrestle with is when is it okay to speak another language with people who share it when we’re around people who don’t. The key is to be as inclusive as possible.
Patients in gender transition are dealing with emotions, questions, stares and even discrimination. The bottom line message of this short video is simple: Everyone must be treated with respect. It doesn’t matter if you are a patient, co-worker or vendor, we all deserve to be heard and treated fairly…and…sometimes we need to speak up to make that happen!
These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (I.N.C.L.U.D.E.) along with thought-provoking questions on creating inclusiveness in the workplace. These cards are great for a quick training reminder or conversation starter.
These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (I.N.V.O.L.V.E.) along with thought-provoking questions on small actions that include people. These cards are great for a quick training reminder or conversation starter.