Is your workplace inclusive? Fact or Cap!
Does everyone feel welcomed, included, seen, heard, and valued? Then it's a FACT!
If CAP, you might be in a non-inclusive work environment.
What can you do to make your workplace feel like a more inclusive environment?
Things To Watch Out For
Look for these signs to see if your workplace is non-inclusive:
people are treated better or worse because of their background or abilities
praise and opportunities are given only to the same types of people
team events and work shifts are scheduled to favor certain employees
managers don't listen to employee concerns or ask for their input
important information and resources are kept away from employees
colleagues respond to each other in a condescending or patronizing tone
Bullying and Harassment
verbal abuse, inappropriate comments, gossip, and/or microaggressions
sexual and gender-based harassment
deliberate exclusion of one or many employees due to race, gender, etc.
Lack of Leadership & Collaboration
taking credit for others' ideas and work
micromanaging tasks and interfering with other people's duties
singling people out or scapegoating them for mistakes
You hear some comments during your workday from your manager and colleagues. Which comments are signs of a non-inclusive workplace?
"Whoa YOU speak German?!"
"Thanks for your great efforts on this!"
"You're slow to catch on."
"We'd like you to tame your hairstyle."
Beware Of Unconscious Bias
Unconscious biases are attitudes and stereotypes accumulated throughout life that can influence our decision making, particularly when something must be decided quickly.
Unconscious biases limit the success of a workplace because they can lead to:
poor diversity in hiring and leadership positions
incorrect assumptions about people's abilities
dismissing potentially good ideas in favor of accepted (but not necessarily better) solutions
These blind spots can make employees feel unheard and undervalued. They'll be less willing to share ideas or collaborate on solutions.
Which of these comments reflect unconscious bias?
"Let's weigh the pros and cons of this."
"That's not how we do things here."
"Do you mind looking over this for me?"
"You're an assistant, what do you know?"
How To Promote An Inclusive Workplace
You can promote a more inclusive workplace by holding yourself and others accountable to diversity principles.
Will you speak up if you or your colleagues are being mistreated?
Will you treat everyone in your workplace with professionalism and courtesy?
Will you consider a colleague's ideas based on its merits, rather than your assumptions about or experiences with that person?
When you share your ideas with others, are you willing to get their input and feedback?
Are you willing to support and promote ideas that aren't your own?
Can you reflect on your biases and assumptions and not let them get in the way of making decisions?
Are you ready to do the work to make your workplace more inclusive?
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