Workplace diversity and inclusion has become one of the main challenges and top priorities for companies but it has to start from the top. If it doesn’t, company employees won’t succeed in maintaining it.
The modern workplace is a truly diverse environment in which teams of employees may be comprised of people from different ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds, different ages, different genders and different levels of experience. Leading a diverse workforce is not without its challenges but managers who can embrace diversity and possess the skills needed to shape employees with varied backgrounds into a cohesive and productive team are those destined for long-term success.
Diversity and inclusion aren’t the same.
Diversity is anything that differentiates people from one another and it is about respecting and embracing those differences. When talking about diversity in the workplace, the focus should mostly be about respecting and appreciating what makes people different from one another in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.
Inclusion, on the other hand, involves managerial efforts to make sure that employees of all backgrounds are treated equally, made to feel welcome and included in everything.
Does your company ‘Walk the Walk’? Do your employees model the behaviour you want them to display? Making your employees ‘Walk the Walk’ in someone else’s shoes will ensure that you increase their awareness of issues faced by others. Sometimes, dispelling stereotypes and improving inclusiveness in the workplace is as simple as giving a diverse team of employees a common goal and asking them to address it.
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Key content includes:
– Being an effective Leader
– Valuing Differences & Similarities
– Bring your whole self to work
– Open Door Policy
– Candid Feedback
– Clear Expectations
– Don’t let one bad apple ruin the lot
– Virtual/remote team members
– Cultural nuances
Diversity and inclusion makes for a stronger workforce when embraced by companies. It pays dividends through a strong company culture that leads to improved employee performance.