Help employees with an inclusive culture
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives benefit your business. These initiatives allow you to bring a different mindset to your business. They help in more innovative solutions, improve the brand, product and services for a wide range of customers.
Inclusion refers to a work culture in which diverse individuals of different backgrounds, races, ages, genders and cultures can come together to work, feel comfortable and confident, and meet business needs. An inclusive work environment creates a sense of belonging among employees. Employees feel more connected to work and tend to work smarter and harder and produce quality output. This is why organizations adopting DEI initiatives can experience better business growth and drive innovation through better decision making.
The Diversity and Inclusion Report published by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2022 defines inclusion as “the experiences people have in the workplace and the degree to which they feel valued for who they are, the skills and experiences they bring , and peace that have a strong sense of belonging with others at work.” 
An inclusive work environment can only be created when all employees in the organization learn how to manage their unconscious biases. Companies should take the necessary steps to understand and leverage the unique strengths of all employees so that they feel welcome, valued and supported in the workplace.
DEI initiatives vary from organization to organization. Some popular initiatives include providing diversity and inclusion training to all employees, creating employee groups, implementing fair hiring practices, and addressing pay gaps across all groups.
Reasons why inclusion should be a priority
An inclusive culture helps to achieve higher productivity
Establishing and maintaining an inclusive culture in your organization will help increase the productivity of your employees. This is because employees are motivated because they know their work is appreciated. It is proven that employees are motivated to perform even better when their work is recognized and appreciated. They also demonstrate commitment to work and the company because they know that the company values diversity and has high employee morale. In this way, the organization can create and retain the best employees in the long term. Therefore, inclusion should be a priority for your organization’s DEI initiatives.
An inclusive culture facilitates better engagement
When employees feel welcomed and valued, they can only contribute with confidence. They can offer great ideas and bring out their best. Accepting and embracing the differences of individual employees will create a sense of belonging among them. When employees have a sense of belonging, they don’t have to face any anxiety and depression. They feel that the work environment is safe and that their employer cares about them. This ultimately leads to better participation, better performance and increased productivity. This is another significant reason why inclusion should be a priority for your organization’s DEI initiatives.
Inclusive workplaces foster innovation
Innovation tests your employees’ risk-taking abilities. If employees feel comfortable, they can take risks. Employees who do not feel engaged will refrain from discussions and will not contribute new ideas, strategies, feedback or suggestions. So companies that want a more creative and innovative work environment should prioritize creating an inclusive work culture. This is another important reason why inclusion should be a priority for your organization’s DEI initiatives.
An inclusive culture provides a supportive environment
An inclusive culture provides every employee with a supportive workplace experience where they feel welcomed, respected and valued. An organization should celebrate the achievements of employees regardless of their background, race, gender, etc. Only then can employees feel comfortable sharing their ideas, opinions and perspectives. They cultivate a sense of belonging in their workplace. The result is greater engagement and better creativity in the workplace. This is another reason why inclusion should be a priority for your organization’s DEI initiatives.
An inclusive culture ensures that every employee feels valued and welcome and adds value to the company’s business growth. Employees feel a sense of belonging, which leads to increased positive performance. Creates collaborative teams that are innovative in their approach and positively engaged in the organization.
At Tesseract Learning, our learning and visual architects are constantly innovating and reinventing their approaches to designing, developing and delivering effective L&D programs. The KREDO learning platform enables efficient and easy delivery of employee training programs. When you make the right training decisions and choose the right learning platform, your business, locally and globally, will reap real benefits through your diverse workforce. If creating a culture of learning in your organization is a priority for you, please contact me or leave a comment below.
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