You’ve gotten to know your team, identified barriers, and set goals; now what?
Encouraging inclusivity in the workplace extends past the immediate group of people with whom you work. Collaboration across teams shows a commitment to DEI&B throughout an organization.
Managers create a psychologically safe space when they empower employees to bring their whole selves to work. 53% of employees note how being valued for their differences contributes to their sense of belonging in the workplace. Encouraging open dialogue across generations, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, abilities, and cultural backgrounds can spark creativity, enhance innovation, and improve the employee experience.
Prospective employees can see one primary indicator of a company’s commitment to inclusivity through the presence of resources focused solely on DEI&B. One example of this is the promotion of and participation in initiatives like Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
ERGs are employee-led groups rooted in identity, shared life experiences, and allyship that create a safe space and provide opportunities for professional development and personal growth. Individuals across an organization comprise an ERG. They can include everyone from C-suite executives to interns and employees with various life experiences and career levels. ERGs celebrate differences and raise awareness of timely and relevant issues these groups face.
Successfully managing diverse teams in 2023 requires managers to ask questions and listen to the responses actively. Maintaining open and transparent communication at all levels of an organization builds trust. It empowers individuals to perform at their highest level, and a measurement framework shows accountability to increase diversity in the future.
While Michael Jordan highlights the importance of teamwork to win, his coach, Phil Jackson, highlights what is transformative about the diversity of the individuals within a team: “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”