Tips: What You Can Do to Maximize Inclusion in the Workplace
In the current social climate, it’s important not to lose what you’ve worked hard to gain. Stand Your Ground – Messaging:
- Reinforce the Organizational Commitment to Inclusion and Employee Engagement
- Reinforce the Organizational Core Competencies (e.g. Integrity, Respect, etc.)
- Reinforce the importance/value of all Employees
- Be Honest about What’s Not Working; Call it out appropriately and be intolerant of “excluding behaviors” (disrespect, bullying, racial/gender slurs, harassment, discrimination, inequity)
Keep Your Focus regardless of the Social Climate
- Ensure a Healthy Organization: Check your practices and processes for inclusion.
- Cultivate Cultural Intelligence: At all levels of the organization build the capability to understand, communicate and interact with everyone.
- Create Psychological Safety: Allow employees to express their ideas and opinions openly and take risks without fear of negative repercussion.
- Foster Belongingness. Employees need to be able to connect their own identity to the organization’s intrinsic identity to feel that they belong.
- Encourage Authenticity: Conformity can stifle employee performance. Make it safe for people to contribute and progress at work without surrendering who they really are.
Reminder – Our Behavior:
- Social and Cultural impact: Everyone has biases, preferences.
- Many of these biases are unknown to us – they’re based in past experiences.
- We all use heuristics (rules of thumb) to deal with cognitive overload; careful of stereotyping (positive and negative).
Reminder – Manage Your Own Biases:
- Acknowledge biases (great and small).
- Understand yourself and how you make decisions about people
- Set-up a check-and-balance for yourself; second guess yourself or check-in with a colleague.