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A complete resource about Company Culture by O.C. Tanner
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What it is:
Inclusiveness isn’t just diversity and percentages. It’s not a policy. Inclusion means to help employees be their best, most authentic selves at work. Inclusive cultures are places where people feel like they fit in and belong to your organization—where they feel connected and emotionally well. Inclusion is welcoming and accepting people as they are, regardless of their race, gender, age, background, and culture.

Inclusion enables employees to create connections with each other and feel comfortable and empowered to do great work.

“We’re hard-wired for belonging. It’s in our DNA.”

—Brene Brown

How it impacts culture:
An inclusive culture is a culture where employees can thrive. They can bring their best selves to work and do their best work.

When a culture is inclusive, employees are:

68% more likely to believe they can be their authentic self at work

85% more likely to agree their team knows the "real me"

68% more likely to take time to get to know colleagues personally

141% more likely to feel a sense of belonging

117% more likely to feel enriched by the people they work with

How to do it well:
Inclusion is a way of being, not a policy. In order to have a more inclusive culture:

1) Treat inclusion as a more than just a policy. If inclusion is seen as an HR initiative, leaders think it is solely HR’s job. But make it a corporate culture initiative and they’ll more actively work to create an inclusive culture. Show leaders why it matters, and equip them with skills and training to foster inclusion on their teams.

2) Connect your people. Establish an environment of belonging by encouraging in-person interactions with people inside and outside of an employee’s workgroup. Provide opportunities for employees to network and socialize during work hours with different parts of the organization.

3) Appreciate differing opinions. Give recognition when someone has a different idea or opinion than the rest. Appreciating differences encourages out of the box and innovative thinking and shows that all feedback and thoughts are welcome.

Check out how you can communicate culture to a multigenerational workforce.

“When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different,
we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.”

—Pat Wadors, Head of HR at LinkedIn

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