Oftentimes, I'm asked for ideas that can help make a work center's environment more inclusive. The conversations have started like this: "What suggestions do you have that I can use, ya know, put in place now?" "Can ya give me some tangible actions I can employ to help the workforce feel valued and appreciated?"
Admittedly, these requests have often come from a leader who has found her- or himself in a bit of a panic and is merely trying to react as quickly as possible to an unpleasant situation in the workcenter that has probably been bubbling up for a while. Nevertheless, rather than chastise the poor leader in their moment of despair, there are a few impactful actions that can be taken--not just as triage actions for the panicky leader, but also as proactive measures that can be useful tools for the forward-thinking executive who may be looking to establish and foster an inclusive environment. And (bonus point here), they're actually quite simple to put in place and become normal, expected activity.
Here are a few of those ideas I've shared:
These are just a few tangible ways inclusion can be fostered in the workplace. These are relatively easy to do, don't cost anything at all, and can (and should) be done by leaders and team members alike. What others come to mind that you could share?