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How to Create an Inclusive Work Culture

Employees want a working environment where they can grow and feel accepted

Never in modern history has the economy been shaken to its core so quickly. In the wake of COVID-19, tens of thousands of workers are reconsidering their priorities, changing jobs, and, in many cases, changing careers. Add in the ability to work virtually anywhere, and data that shows remote working can be highly beneficial for some corporate roles. You have a perfect storm for changing the face and character of the modern workplace.

Increasingly, employees want to work in an environment where they can grow, be challenged, and feel accepted and valued. Pay is no longer the top draw. Millennials and Generation Zero are the most diverse population segments in our history. Of the 87 million Millennials in this country, only 56 percent are white. For comparison, 72 percent of the 76 million Baby Boomers are white. Moreover, a 2020 study by Glassdoor found that 76 percent of employees and job seekers consider a diverse and inclusive workforce a critical factor in considering job offers.

Diversity and inclusion extend far beyond race, ethnicity, or gender. There are other nuances in the workforce, including those who face cognitive challenges; have different thought processing skills; come from different backgrounds that manifest themselves in their behavior, mannerisms, or social skills; or come from different geographical locations with different beliefs and social roles or ideologies.

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