Much has been made of creating an inclusive working environment, and as a business owner, leader, or manager, the onus is on you to make that possible. However, if you’ve never faced such a task before, it might feel a little overwhelming. You may not know where to begin or how to focus on the right aspects.
The good news is that inclusivity is as easy to create as it is vital to have. If you want your business to be a leader in such matters and set a fantastic example for other companies in your industry, here is how you can ensure that your office and business create an inclusive environment for all workers.
Create a Safe Working Environment
No matter who you are, you want to feel like you are in a safe working environment, and this is one of the critical components of an inclusive workplace. Everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion, or ability, should feel welcome within the office.
It should be a company policy that you will not tolerate hate speech or bullying of any kind, and those who make complaints regarding such instances should be listened to, and their claims investigated.
Hopefully, you hire a team of people who are respectful of one another. Although there may be instances where staff does not recognize ignorant or offensive behavior, so they will need to be informed of what they are doing and how to curb it.
Everyone carries biases that they may realize, but also ones that they may not be aware of. As a leader, it’s important to recognize and work hard to discover what biases you hold, and take steps to be humble about it, while also endeavoring to remove such biases from your everyday life.
Think about any instances where you have assumed things about people because of their lifestyle. For example, busy parents may not want a promotion because they’re already so busy. But, these parents could revel in the development, and it could help to ease the financial strain that kids bring.
It’s important to stop yourself before making decisions that demonstrate bias, but, understandably, it can take time.
Understand the Intricacies of Equality
Everyone is created equal, but not everyone is created the same. This is what you need to remember when trying to be as inclusive as possible. With this in mind, you can think about how to make your office accessible for everybody, including wheelchair ramps, braille signs, and even things that could trigger sensory issues.
Making adjustments to the office will help everyone, from employees to clients to customers, feel welcome and comfortable when visiting. It will encourage better acknowledgment of the unique aspects of coworkers, and it will help everybody push towards creating an inclusive office environment.
By creating an inclusive environment for your employees, you can focus more on growth and greater success. If everybody feels comfortable in the office, there will be fewer instances of conflict and a more productive office that works hard for each other, as well as themselves.