Inclusion Creates Business Advantage.
A company is only as good as its employees - fully engaged and productive - to meet the demands of business today. An inclusive workplace culture and workforce strategy increases your competitive edge. Here’s how:
- Diversity of thought spurs innovation
- Collaboration and participation among employees creates a more productive and loyal workforce
- Top team inclusion is linked to greater financial performance
- Collective intelligence leverages the individual to generate comprehensive solutions
If you want to benefit from inclusion and diversity, you need to ask the right questions. What innovation needs to occur for you to reach your growth markets? Where is the organizational knowledge you need to tap into these markets? How are you going to market and sell your products or services to emerging markets? Most of all, how can you mobilize your diverse workforce to help you grow the business?
Are you tired of hearing about diversity?
Historically, the focus on diversity has been driven by political, legal and moral issues. It was considered “the right thing to do.” We’re here to tell you that this is the wrong focus—instead of focusing on diversity, we need to be focusing on inclusion. It’s not enough to hire people who are different. We have to engage those people. We have to leverage and learn from their unique perspectives and insights—regardless of who they are.
Is your management staff out of touch with today’s employees?
In a fast-moving, technology-driven world younger generations have come to expect—even demand—that their voices be heard. Then they enter the workforce! Leaders in the 21st century must become comfortable with inviting participation and collaboration without fear of “losing authority.” They must learn to embrace the diverse viewpoints of all member of their workforce and relinquish the old “command and control” style of management.
Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage
by Shirley Engelmeier, CEO of InclusionINC
Business leaders must find a way to capture the insights and visions of people who reflect the growing diversity of consumers, suppliers, and business partners that span the globe. Managers must consider what they may be doing - or not doing - to attract employees and customers in a global context, even if their business is solely based on U.S. markets.