An inclusive workplace provides an atmosphere in which all employees belong, contribute, and can thrive. Creating this type of workplace is vital for a range of positive workforce outcomes, including better retention, higher employee satisfaction, more engaged employees, and a more diverse range of job candidates.
You do not need a formal DEI program to be more inclusive at your organization. There are things you can start doing today or budget for tomorrow that will make an immediate impact by creating a more inclusive workplace. This article provides guidance for creating a more inclusive workplace in three broad areas:
- The work environment, including workspaces, décor and signage, working norms, and work tools;
- communications; both in terms of the language and the methods used for communication; and
- meetings, including meeting formats and technologies.