Today’s employees are more diverse than ever before. They’re also more intelligent, more socially aware and pickier about the companies they want to work for…at least long term. And after a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter and one of the most divisive elections in history, they are impatient for change. They crave a workplace experience where equity and inclusion aren’t just discussed, but are concepts that are turned into real actions, behaviors and policies that are practiced each and every day.
Cultures that last are built upon solid foundations and when it comes to a culture of inclusion, the bedrock is Respect. That’s why The Road to Inclusion starts with a reminder that we must first master respect, which is an active process of engaging and learning from those who are not like us. As we become more comfortable consistently engaging each other in ways that esteem both them and ourselves, we can begin to shift our focus to the longer range goals of inclusion, equity, belonging and shared accountability.
Creating an inclusive culture requires new behaviors from all employees, so The Road to Inclusion was designed from the ground up to help everyone play a part. After safely exploring how our elements of diversity often lead to very different psychological experiences in the workplace (and outside of work), your team members will also discuss and identify areas of shared experiences and perspectives. This common ground can then serve as the foundation for for establishing mutually agreed upon behaviors that allow all employees to share both the benefits and responsibilities of organizational membership.