6 Keys to Creating an Inclusive Culture

6 Keys to Creating an Inclusive Culture

June 8, 2022

There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

One of the best descriptions of the difference between diversity and inclusion comes from Verna Myers: “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”

Take it from a person who spent more than one middle school dance standing miserably against the wall, there’s a big difference between the two.

Creating an inclusive company culture doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes intentional and ongoing attention to how and why things are done, and it involves every member of the team.

An inclusive workplace culture embraces unique ideas, experiences, perspectives, and people.

Here are 6 Keys to creating an inclusive culture in your business:

Be intentional – Intentionally focusing on and talking about inclusivity keeps the concept top-of-mind for everyone in the organization. Make sure that everyone on the team understands that inclusivity is essential to organizational success.

Create a sense of belonging – When team members feel as though they are part of an organization that knows and values them, they feel a stronger connection and make a bigger investment in the shared vision.

Listen to every voice – When people feel heard, they feel seen, respected and valued. Team members are more likely to share their ideas and opinions when they know they will be received.

Ensure access to resources – Making sure that everyone has access to the support, technology, training, and other resources that will support their success is essential to creating inclusion.

Emphasize collaboration – Fostering connections within and between teams means that your business can utilize the strengths and skills of every individual, regardless of their specific work assignment within the organization.

Celebrate uniqueness – Every person needs to feel that their unique perspectives, experiences, and skills are valued within the workplace.  Make sure that people feel appreciated for who they are as well as for what they do.

Making the effort to create and sustain an inclusive culture in your business will pay big dividends. According to Deloitte Insights, companies with inclusive cultures typically outperform their counterparts who do not have inclusive cultures in these ways:

  • 3x more likely to be a high-performing organization
  • 4x more likely to be agile and innovative
  • 8x more likely to have better business outcomes

Don’t stop at diversity…aim for inclusion. Don’t just invite everyone to the party, make sure that they are all asked to dance.