Creating a culture that values difference is not a ‘nice to have’, it is a fundamental business imperative. The number one barrier to advancing diversity and inclusion is the denial of inequality at work, which is the belief that workplaces work for everyone in the same way.
When employees believe workplaces work for everyone in the same way, because everyone is the same, they deny difference and different experiences of working life. Companies cannot simply launch off-the-shelf solutions and expect results. Instead, they need to treat inclusion like any other business priority by employees to own the solution. Transforming the behaviors, norms, and cultures in a team begins with ensuring employees are paying attention to the inequality moments that happen and taking action to manage them. As employees take action, they will begin to understand how making workplaces more inclusive and equal serves to benefit them.
Michelle King is a global expert on organizational culture and inequality at work as well as an author, podcast host, writer, TEDX speaker and thought leader who helps companies and leaders build belonging at work. Michelle will share a learning module to enable you to advance your knowledge of foundational diversity and inclusion topics, understand how this shows up in your workplace and how to take action every day to build a workplace that works for everyone.