Inclusion In The Workplace: Foster Inclusive Workplace To Enhance Diversity

Inclusion in the workplace is the process of enhancing job satisfaction where everyone feels welcomed and valued. And has equal opportunity, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, faith, nation or nation of birth, handicap, age, or socioeconomic status. Inclusion does not imply the incorporation of excluded populations into oppressive regimes. True inclusive practice has a positive impact on the entire system.

Businesses with D&I practices and regulations are more innovative and open to other viewpoints, which draws talented employees in any industry.

The Peril of Confusing Diversity with Inclusion in the Workplace

If your firm conflates diversity with inclusion, it exposes itself to a slew of risks and negative repercussions. Here’s a quick rundown of a handful of them:

  • Your company’s psychological safety is jeopardized if you don’t take an all-inclusive approach. Job performance will be minimal without psychological safety, and they will struggle to achieve effectively.
  • Businesses are now incorporating D&I guidelines into their workplace culture not just for moral consideration, but also for successful commercial consequences. Employees will not feel free to fully voice in the development process if inclusion is compromised, and financial performance will suffer as a result.
  • Let’s say you hire a multicultural group, but fail to make them feel welcome. A sense of estrangement will develop, as will unfavorable attitudes toward the company. As a result, if your diversity efforts don’t effectively balance with inclusion policies, they may backfire.

Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion

To explain the distinction between diversity and inclusion, recognize diversity as a globally accepted concept that brings personalities from diverse life platforms collectively in one place. Inclusion, on either hand, provides particular tactics and ideas to make diversity work.

Many firms’ “diversity and inclusion” efforts begin and conclude with assessing these statistics and, if necessary, making strides to hire a more diversified staff. A CEO might say, “We once had a diversity issue, but we got our expected amount of Black / Latinx / Asian / women candidates.” We’ve evolved into a more varied organization.

Of fact, for a myriad of purposes, it isn’t that straightforward. The first is that diversity isn’t measured in terms of numbers. It’s all about having a wide range of ideas, experiences, and viewpoints. Second, most of us describe ourselves in various ways, which brings up the topic of intersectionality.

When you just use statistics, you don’t take into account all of the layers and complexities of diversity and identity. The final factor has much to do with how we define inclusion in the workplace.

Representing Inclusion in the Workplace

Companies will undoubtedly dedicate greater resources and attention to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in 2021 and beyond (DEI). Regrettably, many organizations are still struggling to evaluate and explain the impact of their strategy to a rising number of stakeholders.

Over 1,600 CEOs have joined the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge, and 40% of companies highlighted diversity and inclusion in their Q2 2020 financial reports, compared to only 4% the previous quarter. 

A notable Gartner survey found one of DEI leaders’ primary concerns for 2021 is “successfully transmitting and monitoring DEI advancement through metrics.” Assessing workforce recognition is a difficult task by itself, especially for organizations worldwide that must manage self-identification and identify marginalized skill sections across regions and countries.

However, inclusion in the workplace culture in which all employees feel appreciated, welcomed, encouraged, and respected, allowing them to take part in decision-making procedures and growth opportunities within a business, is even more difficult to quantify.

Most executives recognize that inclusion is the key to unlocking the potential of a diverse workforce. However, while businesses have figured out how to assess and monitor diversity, they haven’t yet figured out how to do the same for inclusion. This flaw has hampered efforts to create a single and consistent gauge for tracking total DEI improvement over time.

Organizations must assess employee opinion with a studied definition of inclusion to successfully track inclusion, guaranteeing that the organization can act quickly on the results.

Measuring Inclusion in the Workplace

For corporate executives, inclusion is a challenging task because it is hard to assess what is unseen in a systematic way. Unconscious biases are frequently the source of the sensation of not being included. These are frequently, but subtly, manifested in our behavior and experiences.

There is a multitude of measurements that reflect inclusion dimensions across three main areas of data:

  • Employee Experience:  Are employers seeking unbiased opinions on how employees are feeling? Is there ever a discussion about inclusion? Do they feel like they have a place in their company?
  • Demographic: Is there a disparity in compensation, position level, or promotion rate based on gender, ethnicity, or other demographic factors? Is there any indication that some groups have an advantage over others based on baseline data?
  • Behavior: Do all persons have the same chance to succeed? Are all persons represented equitably in priority initiatives, discussion documents, and important leadership conferences?

These parameters for inclusion in the workplace can be interpreted in several ways, from traditional procedures to cutting-edge technological technologies. For example, surveys are simple, but effective ways to assess employee satisfaction by asking specific questions.

Technology has made it possible to measure behavior and employee interactions to determine whether certain patterns of behavior are inclusive. For instance, tools can now examine the structure of contacts among workers, such as participation in building plans, electronic messages, and booked calendar meetings, to see how possibilities vary by gender or ethnic origin.

Ways to Become More Inclusive

  • Share: It is the most effective way of getting an organization more inclusive. When you encounter resistance from your friends or coworkers, consider what you can offer them. It might be your meal, advice, or assets such as books, systems, and processes.
  • Begin: For the majority of immigrants or shy people, this is a major concern. They are unable to initiate a discussion or chat. However, give it a shot. If you’re afraid, go deep and figure out why you’re afraid.
  • Empathize: The majority of individuals converse, but do not empathize. As a result, you must sympathize to be more inclusive. According to a recent study, all leaders that received a high evaluation from their subordinates are empathic and compassionate.
  • Cogitate: Before you can become more inclusive, you must first understand why you need more inclusion in the workplace. Becoming inclusive allows you to create things that you couldn’t do alone. Humans are all connected. That doesn’t alter when we’re in a corporate setting.
  • Accept diversity: Many ethnicities, people, faiths, and personalities mix and collaborate in the same setting. As a result, you won’t ever be inclusive if you can’t tolerate diversity well. Suppose you’re passing judgment on someone based on their culture and prejudices against them because of their upbringing. That won’t make them feel included.

Employees are a company’s lifeblood and pushing power. They have the authority and the capacity to hold their employers accountable and question them about their actions to make a diverse workforce inclusive.

Furthermore, businesses and organizations must recognize that their policies for inclusion in the workplace can lead to increased growth and success and a larger business effect.

Related Content


Impactly’s online sexual harassment and diversity, equity & inclusion training packages are used by hundreds of organizations across the country. Impactly is powered by Get Inclusive, one of the largest providers of prevention and compliance training for colleges and universities.