Making workers happy is an essential part of being a great employer. Creating a more inclusive workplace that makes all employees feel at home is crucial in this respect. Not only can an inclusive workplace improve employee morale, it could also prevent serious allegations of discrimination or harassment, which can be difficult to deal with even when your intentions are good. Here are some general tips on increasing workplace inclusiveness.
Do not think of sensitivity training as a cure-all
Sensitivity training does provide essential information to your workplace. Once training is complete, everyone will be on the same page when it comes to rules and regulations regarding workplace conduct. It will also prevent workers from claiming ignorance when interpersonal issues arise. What sensitivity training will not do is stop a worker who is aware of best practices but unwilling or uninterested in following them. In this case, it is up to management to enact the proper punishment, up to firing the worker when warranted.
Encourage a culture of recognition
Praise is often more motivating than criticism. Accordingly, recognizing your staff for the good that they do is sure to make them feel far more appreciated. A culture of recognition creates a healthier atmosphere at work, one that is less likely to involve discriminatory practices or behaviors.
Make sure all voices are heard
When making decisions regarding your workplace, solicit input from a diverse array of workers. When you rely only on upper management, you are relegating all important decisions to one group of people. When you solicit the opinions of others, you get a wider perspective on the topic at hand. The more voices that are heard in your place of work, the more inclusive it will be.