Inclusion in your workplace promotes diversity in the workforce. Inclusion helps you and your coworkers of diverse backgrounds feel welcome and able to express your true selves.
Glassdoor’s September 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Workplace Survey showed that 76% of job seekers and employees considered the diversity of the workforce when evaluating companies and job offers. Also, 71% of employees were inclined to anonymously share their experiences with diversity and inclusion at their company.
Glassdoor’s survey shows inclusion is substantially important to you and your coworkers. As a result, you should do what you can to help your company promote inclusion in its workforce. The following suggestions can help.
Implement these tips to prioritize inclusion for you and your coworkers.
Align Yourself with Company Inclusion Goals
Stay current with your company’s goals and expectations for inclusion. This includes the methods used to measure success.
- Talk with your manager if you experience discrimination in any form. Remind your coworkers to do the same.
- Share feedback on your experience with inclusion in the organization. Emphasize specific ways to improve results.
Make Inclusion Part of Casual Conversations
Encourage your coworkers to bring up inclusion-related topics in everyday interactions. This increases awareness of and support for inclusive words and behaviors.
- Remain transparent and nonjudgmental.
- Treat your coworkers with dignity.
- Recognize and reward language and actions that promote inclusion.
- Proper behavior includes using a coworker’s preferred pronouns and respecting their unique personal needs.
Celebrate Coworkers’ Differences
Join your coworkers in sharing their culture and traditions with the rest of the workforce. This shows respect for others’ backgrounds and beliefs.
- Promote potluck lunches where you and your coworkers share food that is culturally important.
- Join your coworkers in recognizing significant dates for different cultures, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities.
- Set an example for your coworkers to share their ideas, opinions, beliefs, and experiences with prejudice to educate the workforce.
Encourage Manager Training on Inclusion
Managers provide a frontline connection among you, your coworkers, and company leaders. This is why managers must understand how to provide support and help you and your coworkers feel like the valued team members you are.
- Pay attention to whether you or your coworkers are excluded from projects or social interactions due to gender, race, sexual orientation, or another reason.
- Support cultural training and diversity workshops to minimize unconscious bias and promote inclusion.
- Provide feedback on your feelings of inclusion in the company and specific methods to improve.
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