Inclusion in the workplace can be defined as “a set of behaviors that encourages employees to feel valued for their unique qualities and experience a sense of belonging.” (Source: Diversity and Inclusion Definitions | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).
It isn’t up to just management or leadership to create an inclusive space. The entire staff is involved. To overcome unconscious biases and create an inclusive environment, be self-aware and have respect for the differences and value others bring to the workplace. It is important to consider fairness in decision making and practice empathy with others and yourself. This behavior tends to lead to psychological safety, creativity, trust, and loyalty.
While the goal is to always create an inclusive environment, it’s important to give yourself empathy as we all continue to learn and grow. Creating inclusive practices takes a great deal of self-awareness, intentionality, and most importantly, time. Turn missteps it into opportunities and know that it is OK to not know all the answers and to be a little uncomfortable.
Growth is part of the YP experience. It’s part of the human experience. Empathy for others begins with empathy for oneself and how you move forward from uncomfortable moments is what matters most.
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