The reasons to desire a diverse workforce are many. If you are a leader, the last thing you would want is a divided workforce. Leaders should celebrate diverse perspectives and make sure everyone feels a sense of belonging. People do their best work when they feel like they are a valued part of the business – they feel happier and more engaged.

Creating an inclusive workplace is not easy – we all have biases that can pose an obstacle and that is completely normal – after all, we are humans and through life experiences we all develop certain biases. We simply cannot banish bias, but we can start by learning to recognize bias in our leaders.

Leaders who focus on cultural fit usually end up with a homogeneous workforce which can be a recipe for disaster. Learning can be a valuable tool in understanding different opinions. This is how inclusivity leads to innovation, and it’s how a workplace can promote individuality.

Fairness in the workplace can be achieved by getting rid of low-value tasks like getting coffees, cleaning up after meetings, double-checking someone else’s work, etc. These tasks tend to fall to women at a far higher rate. If it must be done, make it fair by going one-by-one throughout the office so that everyone must take their turn. Inclusiveness is about empowering rather than undermining.

Everyone should have an equal voice in the workplace. To create an inclusive working environment, use empathy and transparency and do not put people at odds with one another.

Final thoughts…

Celebration inclusiveness in the workplace involves a two-fold principle: celebrating uniqueness while fostering a sense of belonging. As for motivation, this is about putting your positivity into practice and embracing diversity. Cultivating inclusion is an evolving process with constantly moving targets. You are never done.