Creating a workplace environment that fosters inclusivity and belonging for all is important for the longevity of your business.
When people feel safe and a sense of community, they are bound to feel happier and thus enjoy being connected to your business. There a number of ways to create this for your workplace:
Appropriate training and orientation
Employees, contractors and customers need to understand from their first encounter with your business that is a safe and inclusive environment. This means appropriate training and orientation must be given to instil specific values. It is much easier to employ individuals who agree with and respect inclusive workplaces than to try and change the workplace ethos later down the track.
Team building is a great tool for breaking down barriers between employees. It allows individuals to bond and connect outside of the everyday work environment. There is a large array of activities that constitute as team building. For example:
– Staff retreats
– Icebreaker games
– Office luncheons
– Create office sport tournament
– Open workplaces
– Group work and problem-solving tasks
Business ethos and values
Creating a workplace with an inclusive vibe is not just about introducing a bunch of team building activities and expecting everyone to feel valued; it has to be embedded in your brand. This means that as the boss, it needs to start with you. You can’t expect your employees to thrive if they don’t feel that their leaders value them.