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The First Steps to Building an Inclusive Workplace

Building a truly inclusive workplace may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Start by thinking about these questions: 

  • Do all employees have a voice in meetings? 
  • Are all employees taken seriously? 
  • Are all employees involved in decision-making? 
  • Do all employees feel safe to speak up?

If you answered no to any of the above, that’s okay! Recognizing where improvements can be made is half the battle.

A great first step is to consider our six key indicators of high performance. Developing these skills does not only lead to the creation of highly-functioning teams and leaders—training in these areas also forms a solid foundation for inclusivity. 

  1. Communication norms ensure everyone within the organization has a voice and an opportunity to participate in and influence projects—supporting company growth. 
  2. Effectively identifying and managing your emotions while navigating the emotions of others (i.e., emotional intelligence) promotes psychological safety and supports inclusivity.  
  3. Inclusivity requires all of us to be open and willing to learn from one another. Interactive feedback can be used to bridge gaps and foster solutions.
  4. Encourage a culture of accountability—follow through on promises. Such actions demonstrate a commitment to inclusion. 
  5. Facilitate a culture where all viewpoints and opinions are heard. Implement meeting structures and norms; use tools to ensure a balanced form.
  6. To increase team cohesion, encourage employees to explore their unconscious biases. Analyze behaviors and assumptions which naturally builds trust, support, and receptivity among team members.

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Equip your teams and leaders with the skills necessary to build an inclusive workplace that drives collaboration and creativity.