Diversity & Inclusion continues to be an ongoing effort in organizations. Having managed multiple diversity programs in numerous organizations, I have identified 4 key benefits of workplace inclusion.
1. Diversity & Inclusion increases an organization’s ability to serve a growing diverse employee population and diverse marketplace.
Studies continue to show significant shifts in demographics and spending power of women, people with disabilities, minorities and the LGBTQ community. Businesses that align themselves in front of these changes will be positioned to leverage positive results, including a stronger and more diverse employee population, as well as increased market share and brand awareness.
General Patton famously said, ‘If everyone in the room is thinking the same, someone is not thinking at all’. Increased creativity is a by-product of having multiple and varied perspectives and opinions. This approach limits group think and leverages different thinking styles. This method also opens the door to fresh and new ideas.
3. Increased employee engagement.
I personally believe each of us desire two things:
- To be heard.
- To know that we matter.
Studies have shown that an ‘included’ employee is an engaged and more productive employee. Stronger employee engagement can significantly impact retention as well as overall workplace and career satisfaction. Each of us can support workplace inclusion by starting with easy, practical, intentional actions that organizations, leaders, and teams can take today for a more inclusive workplace. Contact me today to discuss!
4. Human Capital Return on Investment.
Diversity and Inclusion improves an organization’s workforce and can be a catalyst for stronger recruiting and retention efforts. All employees, regardless of race, gender, age or any other aspect of diversity, benefit from an inclusive workplace.
Organizations that offer an inclusive work environment tend to have employees who operate with a stronger sense of motivation and commitment to workplace inclusion. Why? Because they share a sense of belonging that can be a determining factor that just might influence whether they remain with an organization.