Working 40 or more hours a week can be a strain, and sometimes your hard work just doesn't feel appreciated. It can be disheartening and burn you out quickly when you go to work every day and just do your job and leave. Incorporating inclusion ideas in place for all employees is a useful way to divert attention from the monotony in your workplace. Diversity is another tool that builds rapport and morale in your everyday routine.
What is Diversity in the Workplace?
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Diversity is the variety and differences among employees. As simple as that sounds, diversity encompasses much more. Not only is it the characteristics that make people individuals, but it is the ability to accept those around you, even if it's just for the eight hours you will be around them in the office.
What is Inclusion in the Workplace?
Inclusion in the workplace usually is overlooked unless someone brings it up. Inclusion is when employees come together for a purpose. Usually the purpose is to build education, practice teamwork or build morale. Inclusion is letting everyone have a chance to express himself for the purpose of making the workday better.
Incorporating Diversity into Your Office
Incorporating diversity in the workplace does not have to be the responsibility only of management. Employees should put their two cents into any plan that is incorporated. One idea for incorporating diversity is to participate in a job fair; this will help with the hiring of people of different backgrounds. Also, setting up an open house at the office shows the employees you are interested in meeting their families and giving employees an opportunity to feel proud of the place where they work.
Allowing employees to celebrate while they are at work is also a way to teach others of different beliefs. Letting employees bring in a snack or something of their choice for a certain holiday they celebrate and letting everyone get involved will educate the other employees about different backgrounds and ethnicity.
Incorporating Inclusion into Your Office
With the diversity ideas, there is a sense of inclusion from all the employees who are present, especially if they get involved. However, giving them more chances to speak about what would make their day more productive will include everyone's ideas and opinions. Presenting workshops that educate employees or teach them a new trade makes them feel valued by the company and up-to-date in their knowledge. Also, hosting teamwork seminars gives employees a chance to mingle with others and to learn how they can assist others in the office.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion practices go hand-in-hand in the workplace. To have diversity, there needs to be inclusion. These tools make the workday run more smoothly and eliminate the negative air that has accrued from the same old routine.
Lindsey Taylor began writing professionally in 2005. She has worked for various online and print publications, including "Curve Magazine," "La Voz de Indiana," "Midwest Leak" magazine, IndyConcerts.com and Slink, also serving as a blogger and columnist for "The Word." Taylor earned a B.A. in journalism from the Indiana University School of Journalism.