Although a lot of organizations are looking forward to increase their productivity and efficiency by creating inclusive work cultures, resistance has stalled the process. However, being successful in imbibing such a culture a lot of aspects including value, respect, fairness, transparency, security, growth and empowerment would be resultant benefits that it is capable of providing. Some ways in which inclusive work environments can be created include:
· Understanding the varying definitions of diversity across generations-
Generation X as compared to millennials define diversity on grounds of religion, race and ethnicity. Millennials on the other hand are more prone to understanding diversity from a perspective of varying perspectives and experiences. Demographics rarely matter to them, and what they believe in is cognitive diversity. They also believe that inclusion must be at the heart of every organization. From the perspectives of an organization, cognitive diversity is something that must be priced, since it allows the capability of diversity in innovation and thoughts, both of which are very important to any company’s growth. It also helps reduce risk by 30 percent and enhances the creative capacity of the organization by 20 percent. It is important to define diversity from these perspectives in order to enable your organization to create an inclusive work culture, whereby the inclusion initiatives are at the core of this philosophy of working together.
· Let go of bias-
It has been recognized by the BMO Financial Group, that many different areas of hiring and recruitment suffer from unconscious and conscious bias, whereby good talents are let go off. An organization must delve deeper, locate these areas of improvement, and imbibe an inclusive approach towards recruiting the best talents bereft of any prejudice.
· Inclusion Training-
It is important to discredit biases and help resolve them, create an inclusive and collaborative training regime that will help create a common language that can be used to facilitate smooth conversation and understanding between diverse groups of employees. It will help create productive dialogues and also instill a sense of collaboration, which will further help build an inclusive atmosphere in the workplace.