By practically contributing to the inclusivity of your workplace, you'll enable colleagues to meaningfully participate, enrich a culture and a create a virtuous circle where others are doing the same.
Irrespective of whether we lead teams or manage others, we're all able to impact the inclusiveness that exists in the places we choose to work. By exploring the topic, and learning some practical behaviours we can help to continually further the conversation, encourage participation and help others feel accepted.
We all know the feeling of not being included at an individual level, and in these modern, distributed times — when we're often working in looser and more remote team set-ups — there's a greater chance of it happening. And so opening up conversation and awareness of the dynamics of groups, and indicators of inclusion is vital. When a collective sense of belonging is absent at a cultural level; decision-making slows, creativity diminishes and people look elsewhere for a better fit.
What we'll cover:
• The science of groups and the 'self-other overlap'
• The messages we can send, and the ways they can exclude
• Practical behaviours for when exclusion is evident
• Conversation starters for teams
• Bias and decision making
• The notion of psychological safety at work