Workplace Diversity: How Companies Can Encourage Inclusivity

The importance of creating diverse workplaces is something all employers are well aware of. However, the mistake we make is when diversity and inclusion are treated as the same thing. 

A diverse workplace hires people from different generations, gender, nationalities and cultures. But a diverse workforce doesn’t automatically become an inclusive one.

As the Harvard Business Review article ‘Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion’ put it: “In the context of the workplace, diversity equals representation. Without inclusion, however, the crucial connections that attract diverse talent, encourage their participation, foster innovation and lead to business growth won’t happen.”

The 2018 Gallup report asserts, “Inclusion refers to a cultural and environmental feeling of belonging. It can be assessed as the extent to which employees are valued, respected, accepted and encouraged to fully participate in the organisation.”

Singapore companies are making great strides when it comes to equal representation but how can we make our workplaces more inclusive?

We looked at some key points in the Ministry of Manpower’s ‘Managing Workplace Diversity’ toolkit for organisations and created a checklist of ways in which you could create a more inclusive culture at your workplace. 

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