Nobody likes a toxic work environment. These work environments are often full of exclusivity, limited communication, and rudeness. An inclusive work environment is the solution for toxicity. Differing from diversity, inclusiveness in the workplace means that there is equal representation of cultural groups among the staff, but also that they are equally incorporated in social and business areas.
Inclusivity is often touted by companies as a core value. Most workers know, however, that true inclusivity in the workplace is difficult to achieve. An article from the website limeade.com discusses the challenge of effectively implementing inclusivity in the workplace. Creating an inclusive work environment is critical for retaining good employees. As discussed above, nobody wants to work in a toxic work environment. This explains why employees who feel included are 43% more committed to their organizations.
Limeade.com lists 8 components of an inclusive workplace, that can be used to help build a foundation for inclusivity:
- Having a voice. Employees who are actually heard by coworkers and management are more likely to share their views on important matters.
- Belonging. Employees that feel a connection to the company they work for, feel more included.
- Sense of uniqueness. Employees that are able to express some individuality and uniqueness are appreciative of that freedom of expression.
- Feeling valued. Employees feel valued when their thoughts are taken into consideration.
- Learning and development. Employees that have access to resources and development opportunities are often appreciative of the company, and feel more included.
- Collaborative environment. Collaboration across departments can allow workers to feel included.
- Access to resources. Support from management or worker organizations helps employees feel as though their employer is committed to inclusiveness.
- Strategic alignment. Inclusivity must be valued at all levels in a company. Demonstrating alignment to inclusivity throughout a company creates a more inclusive environment overall.
The results of an inclusive work environment are nothing but positive. In a study conducted by the Limeade Institute, in the article mentioned above, employees in inclusive work environments experience more fulfillment from work and life. Below are some stats from the study:
- Employees are 28% more engaged at work
- Employees have 19% greater well-being in their lives
- Employees are 43% more committed to their company
- Employees are 51% more likely to recommend their company as a great place to work
- Employees typically intend to stay with their company 3 times longer
Inclusivity in the workplace clearly has a positive effect on the business environment, as well as employee happiness.