National Inclusion Week

In today’s workplace, inclusion and diversity are critical because a diverse group of people from various cultures and backgrounds provides the needed balance of voices and ideas. A good mix of employees from various backgrounds promotes higher innovation, creativity, and employee happiness.
It’s not always simple to know what to say or do, but by considering how we convey our own values and inclusive behaviours, we may assist others in being their inclusive selves in the workplace.

Stereotypes can lead to actions and reactions that are sometimes exclusive and unjust, whether it’s because of unconscious biases, a lack of information, the media’s impact, or teachings based on our cultural and social views. Recognize the influence of your personal biases and how they make you feel when meeting someone new. Think before you jump to conclusions. Learn about the backgrounds of your colleagues. When they tell you about their religious celebrations, pay attention. Many papers on the issue of inclusion can be found by conducting a simple online search.

If you use social media, try to follow accounts that advocate for the cause, as well as those that teach about inclusiveness and equality. It makes no difference the outlets you utilise to keep yourself informed; what important is that you do so in a proactive manner.

It’s perfectly acceptable to inquire about a person’s preferred pronoun; in fact, it’s considered as a desirable feature that demonstrates your openness and acceptance. This welcomes everyone into the discussion and sets a good example for the rest of your staff.

Use phrases like “in my opinion,” “based on what I’ve read and studied,” or “based on my experience” when contributing to a conversation. Don’t disregard or dismiss other people’s contributions. This is critical, and whether you agree or not, it helps to keep the conversation open to all. If you feel strongly about a point of view, consider phrases like ‘That’s a different perspective,’ ‘I see your point of view,’ or ‘I never thought of it that way.’ This keeps the conversation open and inclusive once more.

Allow others to speak and express themselves while remaining patient. Respect the time of the person you’re speaking with, and give them your undivided attention by being aware to the dangers of interruption and over-talking.

They can make a great difference by taking these tiny steps!