Inclusivity At Work

Ria Jain

As per Glassdoor, 69% of executives believe that inclusivity and diversity is a key issue impacting businesses right now. McKinsey further suggests that organisations with a diverse and inclusive work environment are more likely to outperform their competitors by 35%.  Let’s look at ways to be inclusive and celebrate diversity at work.

  • Rethinking work policies to incorporate inclusivity

To bring inclusivity to your work culture, you may need to alter your current work policies throughout different business operations from recruitment styles to performance management. This can be done by ensuring that the employees are paid based on their skillset For instance, ensuring an unbiased hiring process where candidates from various communities are welcomed and given a fair chance to showcase their skills. 

  • Listen to Employees

Having a committee to address any areas of concern relating to inclusivity policies or just enabling a safe space for employees to share their work concerns, while maintaining anonymity and non-disclosure agreement between the parties. This will inculcate a sense of trust, security, and well-being amidst employees. It could involve indulging in 1-1 meetings, employee focus groups or online surveys to garner perspectives from across the organization on key areas of concern. 

  • Inclusive Holiday Calendar

Expand your company holiday calendar to include holidays from other religious beliefs in addition to Christian and secular holidays like Christmas and New Year. If these cannot be made company-wide holidays, then acknowledging them on the calendar and allowing paid leave for followers of different faiths during their main holidays would lead to increased awareness and recognition amongst all employees.

  • Include Pronouns

HR professionals could model inclusive language at the workplace by learning and using ‘preferred’ pronouns for employees across the organization. Replacing terms like husband and wife with terms such as partner or spouse – would promote acceptance and inclusivity towards LGBTQ+ community and couples outside of marriage set-up.