How inclusivity can increase engagement and collaboration

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Being inclusive means accepting a variety of cultures, lifestyles, and practicing integration that is comprehensive and overarching. This includes how someone talks to, behaves towards or acts toward other people. Individuals who are inclusive are particularly welcoming to all kinds of people.

In the workplace creating an inclusive work environment means respecting individual and group diversity, and supporting diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation. Developing cultural competence with the attitudes, skills, and behaviors requisite, allows employees and teams to work cross-culturally.

Leaders will push an inclusion culture if it aligns with their personal values and/or if it increases engagement and collaboration. If employees feel respected, valued, and connected to others, it will increase productivity and loyalty.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are an inclusive person, respecting and integrating others into your life and work, with little to no bias, opting for full integration of all human beings.

What does a lower score mean?

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You do not practice inclusion and do not act in a manner that supports diversity and inclusion.

To nurture your Inclusiveness:

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Rotate who runs meetings, and involve all colleagues and individuals in your group to participate in group activities, choose activities that respect all of the participants. Alter how you give instructions, consider using visuals rather than words to supersede cross-cultural barriers. Use icebreakers when meeting new people to learn something new and interesting about the individual. Seek out diverse people in the workplace to bounce ideas off, this will allow you to explore new and diverse ideas.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you involve everyone in office activities?
  • Do you meet new diverse people joining the team?
  • Are you open to new ideas and perspectives?
  • Do you talk about things other than work to find a way to connect?
  • Are you prone to make assumptions about people based on the way they look?
  • Do you seek training and practice habits to ensure inclusion?

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