Learn more about the importance of building an inclusive workplace culture, and its impact on business and employee wellbeing.
Inclusion is an essential and imperative component of organizational culture. Helping cultivate a sense of belonging is crucial for employee well-being, productivity, and retention in the modern workplace. When an Inclusive Culture is cultivated at work, everyone works together to create an environment that acknowledges, welcomes, and accepts different approaches, styles, perspectives, and experiences. An inclusive work culture not only supports employees in showing up at work as their authentic selves every day, but also supports their mental health. Building an inclusive culture in your organization requires a dedicated plan at every level, it’s not something that just happens. Learn more about how to promote an inclusive culture at work.
Despite modern workplace social justice advancements, there are still considerable disparities in career development, advancement opportunities, and institutional support. Marginalized social groups, including BIPOC communities, LGBTQIA2S+ communities, individuals living with mental health conditions, and other groups, often experience discrimination and stigma. Individuals who identify with one or more of these communities face hardships at work and have unique stressors in their day-to-day life stemming from stigma and discrimination. As a result, research shows marginalized groups can experience higher unemployment and turnover rates, lower wages, less job satisfaction, lower well-being, and slower career progression.
An inclusive workplace culture both acknowledges these disparities and actively works to mitigate the negative impacts of stigma, oppression, and discrimination. A 2020 Glassdoor survey reported that 76% of job seekers and employees polled said a diverse and inclusive workforce was an important factor for them when evaluating job opportunities and companies. An inclusive culture isn’t just focused on hiring diverse staff but cares about how all employees feel at work.
Building an inclusive workplace culture supports your employees and your company's well-being. Research shows that organizations with inclusive cultures are twice as likely to meet or exceed financial goals, three times as likely to be high performing, six times more likely to be innovative and agile, and eight times more likely to achieve better business outcomes. That’s a lot of positive growth!
Inclusion has incredibly high returns for companies because employees feel respected, confident, and inspired. Inclusive culture gives everyone a meaningful voice in workplace decisions. With the knowledge that their voice matters, employees can feel safe and committed to workplace goals, work more collaboratively, and have increased productivity.
When it comes to creating a workplace that is inclusive and supportive of all employees, mental health stigma must be addressed. Download the Modern Belonging Pt. II Playbook to access the tools and strategies you need to implement change in your organization. By understanding mental health stigma and its impact on employees, you can take steps to optimize employee belonging and well-being.
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