It’s National Inclusion Week! In this episode of the podcast, I talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

An important aspect of being an inclusive leader is making sure that diversity and inclusion is promoted and supported in your workplace.

However, in order for your organisation to fully benefit from having a diverse workforce, it is important to create an inclusive environment where all team members feel like they can participate and achieve their full potential in the workplace.

In today’s show, I talk about:

  • What the term “inclusion” actually means. [00:59]
  • Why inclusive leadership makes business sense. [02:18]
  • How to make diversity and inclusion visible in your workplace. [02:45]
  • Why it is important to talk about diversity and inclusion in your workplace. [03:41]
  • Some statistics about diversity and inclusion that you might find useful. [04:10]
  • What you could do to create an inclusive environment in your workplace. [05:29]

After listening to this episode, you are going to fully understand why diversity and inclusion are important in the workplace, why inclusive leadership makes business sense for your organisation and much more.

Here are some helpful resources I mentioned in this episode:

Here are statistics about inclusion you might find useful: 

  • The gender pay gap for all employees, full and part-time, still stands at 17.9% in favour of men. 
  • It is estimated that black and minority ethnic staff currently miss out on around £3.2 billion.
  • Black and minority ethnic Muslim men are 76% less likely to be employed than their white Christian counterparts.
  • There is still significant discrimination of disabled people in the workforce with only 6% of young people with learning difficulties in employment. 
  • 35% of LGBT+ staff have hidden the fact that they’re LGBT at work for fear of discrimination. 
  • 54,000 women a year are pushed out of their jobs due to pregnancy or maternity.

Quotes

  • It’s not a case of profits or people. The two are interconnected and not mutually exclusive.
  • Systems are set up in ways to favour people in charge and in the west, this means white men of a particular age, background, and sexual orientation.
  • Psychological safety is a shared belief among all members of a team or organisation that the organization or team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking.
  • In order to create an inclusive environment, organisations have to be brave and ask people what they feel and think.
  • Team growth and development happens when mistakes can be made and everyone can learn from them for the better of the team or organization at an individual level.

What to do next?

If you want help with your inclusion strategy and how to make it a day to day reality for everyone in your workplace, you can read more on our website.

I’ve got two blog posts related to the topic. One is a guest blog called Eight Practical Ways to Build an Inclusive Workplace, and the other, Inclusive leadership is a journey, not a final destination, is related to TetraMap®.

Work with me

If you fancy working with me on a one-to-one basis, feel free to email me at leyla@diverseminds.co.uk or book a time so that we can chat about what might be right for you. 

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Remember to tune in to next week’s episode, where I’ll bring you more insights into mental health and inclusion.