Diversity and inclusion in the workspace

Diversity and inclusion policies are an essential part of today’s workplace. An inclusive company can make everyone feel comfortable and confident in the office. Everyone feels equally involved and supported – no matter their race, sexuality, gender or nationality. In recent years, there has been a big push for diversity and inclusivity in UK workplaces. But there are still improvements to be made and work to be done.

So, what is diversity and inclusion?

Diversity is all about the representation of different people in a company. For example, your team is not diverse if everyone is cis, heterosexual and white. On the other hand, you could have a diverse workplace that is not very inclusive. You might have different genders, races and sexualities in the team – but certain groups are clearly valued over others. An inclusive workplace should offer equal opportunities to everyone. Everyone’s presence and perspective should be valued and considered.

Here are a few ways to improve your company’s diversity and inclusivity.

Educate everyone

Inclusivity and diversity start with education. The management team needs to be educated on why diversity is important and how you can be more inclusive. They need to learn the politically correct terms and the connotations surrounding certain language. If you’re unsure about the correct term, approach the situation respectfully and honestly.

Celebrate your differences

You should embrace the differences between your employees. Everyone has different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives to share. Listen to one another and respect what each other has to say. One person may have relevant experience that can improve your strategy for a project. For example, someone who is hard of hearing may have better insight on a project working with hearing aids.

Diversity can improve your work and broaden your horizons as a team. Combine your skills and experiences to make the most out of your work.

Listen to each other

You need to think about the culture you want to create in your workplace. Open communication can help resolve any issues among the team and within the wider business. Encourage the team to talk to one another and get to know each other. Professional relationships can transform your company and improve collaboration among colleagues.

Some people feel nervous to talk about diversity and inclusion. Try to foster a respectful yet honest discussion. The best way to learn is to ask questions and learn from one another. Diversity doesn’t need to be a scary topic. You can improve the inclusivity and diversity in your workplace as a team.