There’s been a lot in the news about inclusive workplaces, but what does that mean and how do you create one?

An Inclusive workplace is a working environment that values individual and group differences within its work force.

An inclusive workplace makes diverse employees feel integrated and welcome, but also valued. Everyone in that workplace should be given equal opportunities and be treated fairly.

It has been proven that a diverse and inclusive workforce is ultimately more productive and innovative and will have a lower turnover of staff. Staff were also shown to be more committed, had a better sense of well-being, were more productive and were more likely to co-operate with co-workers.

If you think more could be done to make your workplace more inclusive, then there are a number of steps you can follow.

  1. Educate your Staff.
  • Make sure that everyone who works in your business is aware of what an inclusive workplace is and what is expected of them.
  • Organisations such as Stonewall or the Government website can help provide help and advice.
  1. Set Policies.
  • Make sure that you have a “Diversity and Equality Policy”, each member of staff should be issued with this when they join your company.
  • By communicating these policies about fairness when it comes to things such as recruitment, promotion, bonuses, pay, dress code, time keeping and treating colleagues with respect you are clearly stating what is expected.
  • If someone does go against this policy, then their behaviour must be dealt with.
  1. A Way to Report Problems.
  • Ensure that your staff know how they can report a problem if they feel that they are being treated unfairly.
  • Create a system where employees can report any issues either openly to a line manager or anonymously.
  • It might be for new employees you have a “buddy system”, where an employee that has been there for a while can act as a mentor to a new staff member.

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