(My own views only). A lot of organisations/workplaces may have a diversity and inclusion policy however quite often it just sits on the shelf gathering dust. It is just in place to tick another box, another requirement to meet legislative or expected business protocol or corporate standard when in all reality it is not well implemented or actively supported by management.
Creating an environment which is inclusion for all is not an easy thing to do in today’s modern world we are under more pressure in both our work lives and personal lives than past generations have been. The key to having inclusive environments where diversity thrives is to create environments where people not only respect each other but also accept, understand and tolerate each other. If people respect each other however do not understand someone from a diverse background or is gender diverse then you will never have total cohesion in the workplace.
Acceptance of others who are different to you doesn’t mean you want to hug and kiss them every day you see them at work but just means that you accept they are different to you and still deserve a chance like everyone else to work. Understanding that we are all different so that we all may get on coming together working towards a common goal for the organisation that we work for. If we can learn to tolerate each other and put this all together then organisations/workplaces are more likely to succeed and have diversity and inclusion policies that will have a better chance of working.
Getting back to the basics which may seem a bit old-fashioned nonetheless it works. Management need to be 100% on board not only around having a diversity and inclusion policy but also need to 100% be behind it actively promoting and supporting it. Creating change in any organisation/workplace is hard enough however if organisations/workplaces do not start to tackle these issues now then it is only a matter of time before they will start to fail or go backwards on these issues.
Having diverse and inclusive environments benefits all and makes for a more happy, inclusive and profitable business where win-win situations can be created. A happy, diverse and inclusive workforce is generally more often than not a productive workforce whereas one which is not means productivity is more likely not to be as high.
Work life balance is more and more important these days so organisations/workplaces also need to consider that this plays a big part in people’s decision as to where they want to work; who they want to work for and the days/hours they are prepared to work. Society is ever changing and at a faster pace than ever before in history so if we are to keep up then we need to adapt and change too otherwise we will fall behind the rest of the world. Instead of lagging behind let us become leaders in diversity and including; true leaders creating meaningful positive change that will last for generations to come.