Having an inclusive company culture is no longer optional. Employers who don’t have inclusive cultures risk losing top talent and business success—as Josh Bersin of Deloitte reminds us, “Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers.”
Unfortunately, most diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts have had lackluster results: only 44% of employees feel their organisation’s D&I efforts are sincere, and 35% of employees say their organisation is not doing enough to address discrimination internally.
Building truly inclusive cultures means going beyond just improving diversity numbers in recruiting. Instead, build inclusion into the everyday employee experience and your company culture.
Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work, says companies should be “a great place to work for all”— a place where everyone, no matter who they are or what they look like, can be their authentic selves at work and be treated with respect. He asserts that when people feel safe and have a sense of belonging, they are more innovative, productive, and inspired.
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