Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to Build a Delightful Workforce with "Inclusiversity"

"Inclusiversity" is like a gift box, really not about the color outside, but the content inside.

More and more forward-thinking global organizations have established a "diversity and inclusion" initiative. However, inclusiveness is a mindset and a habit, it can not be shaped by overnight, either as a one-time project or a "check-in-box" compliance tool. More objectively, would you label such diversity initiative a "delight" or just a “makeup”? And how to build a truly delightful digital workforce?

In a global marketplace, it is a business imperative to make a diversity and inclusion strategy: If Diversity and Inclusion are strongly supported by management teams, all levels in the organization can reap the benefits of personal and professional growth. However, many people in the workplace don't really understand the true power and potential of inclusion. Diversity and inclusion initiatives can be a delight ... when there is an intentional strategy in place to not only increase awareness but to link the power of diversity to key business initiatives and team effectiveness.

Inclusiversity Management has to go beyond as a "check-the-box" compliance tool: It is the comprehensive organizational and managerial process for leveraging diversity and achieving inclusion that maximizes the potential of all employees. Inclusion is the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success. Moreover, Organizations have grown from looking at diversity & inclusion as a "check-the-box" compliance tool to understanding that having a wide range of opinions and viewpoints contributes directly to the bottom line in terms of productivity and profitability.

Definitely, an inclusiversity is a delight: If all companies adopted that initiative, the world would be a better place. Inclusion would be a team where everyone feels comfortable sharing ideas and thoughts because everyone has a different perspective based on their cognitive difference, different life experiences, and cultural values. What about the understanding of cultural competencies in other cultures, the multi-dimensional thinking cross-disciplinary knowledge. This knowledge moves from being necessary to making business sense. These differences make the team stronger and will create a better product, service, and business brand. Managers and employees who are valued and feel comfortable in the workplace through these programs will make the company stronger and more profitable in the long run.

From making an engaging workforce to orchestrating a delightful workforce, delight implies a high-level maturity of business. Because everyone has talents -the nature gift- it's not just what the packaging looks like - it's the contents that give you the pleasure..consider it a delight for the organization and why is because we live in a global marketplace which is ever growing and even more so with the internet. Why would a company or organization want to lag behind by not establishing a diversity and inclusion initiative, or more critically building an “inclusiversity mindset.” One day, the true "inclusiversity" mind will be respected for its true role as a "business catalyzer, ", a peacemaker and a world delight.


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