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5 Traits of an Inclusive Workplace

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At Intuit we believe that innovation thrives with a workforce that includes employees with a wide range of life experiences and a culture that lets great ideas rise to the top. Our mission to power prosperity around the world is supported by our commitment to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is welcome.

As the Association for Talent Development notes, diversity is a key tool for companies to remain competitive. It helps companies attract top-tier talent, inspire their teams and create a collaborative environment that empowers every employee while keeping morale high.

Now you understand a little more about the benefits of an inclusive workplace. But what does that really look like? Whether you’re an employee or an employer, it helps to have a solid understanding of some of the top traits of an inclusive workplace. This can help you play a bigger role in fostering it at your company.

It Starts at the Top

Inclusivity can be challenging. But for many successful companies, it starts at the upper levels. Intuit CEO, Sasan Goodarzi regularly tells employees that “diversity is a fact but inclusions is a choice.” All employees throughout the company must be committed to it, from executives to recruiters, managers, interns, and everyone in between. Inclusivity also ensures that:

  • Everyone is treated with respect.
  • Each member of the team feels connected to the organization.
  • Resources are allocated toward boosting inclusion and diversity.
  • Leaders periodically review progress and practices to create an increasingly inclusive environment.

Everyone Has a Voice

As Entrepreneur notes, inclusivity is more than just having a seat at the table. Inclusive workplaces make their diverse workforces feel integrated, included and valued. It’s ingrained in the company culture and employees should be able to freely and openly share their thoughts and be treated in a which in which their voice matters.

According to Deloitte Insights, inclusive leaders consider the opinions of those with different views. Not only does this make employees feel valued, but it also helps senior leadership make better decisions.

Employee Spaces Matter

Embracing differences and taking extra steps to make sure every employee is safe and accommodated are essential. A few ways of creating employee-centric spaces include:

  • Having large group breaks or lunches, allowing everyone to chat and feel connected to others
  • Setting aside a room for reflection, meditation or prayer
  • Creation of employee networks to connect a diverse workforce onsite and offsite, which opens dialogue and encourages people to discuss important topics in a safe space

There’s Ongoing Training

We all have inherent biases. But an inclusive workplace is led by people who are self-aware and conscious that those biases exist. How do you combat bias? Developing training and education can enhance sensitivity, balance out unconscious biases and help everyone embrace the value of diversity and inclusion while promoting a growth mindset for all employees.

Diverse Employees Have High-Profile Positions

Again, it starts at the top. Leaders themselves should be a diverse group. Gender equality and a mix of backgrounds can drive empathy for your customers and empower your company to create solutions that will help your business thrive.

Additionally, workplaces that fuse inclusivity into their company cultures open up high-profile projects and other opportunities that develop everyone’s skills. Open dialogue, clear communication and sharing information are a few of the key ways that a business can embraces inclusivity. A diverse, inclusive workplace empowers its employees on all levels. Talk about a win-win.

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