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        National Inclusion Week: How to be an inclusive employer

        Date

        20th September 2023

        By

        Jemma McClean

        Operations Manager

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        National Inclusion Week: How to be an inclusive employer

        Diversity and inclusion is extremely important at Allen Lane.

        We recognise and celebrate that every individual is different, it’s part of what makes us who we are. There are so many great benefits to being an inclusive employer: increased employee engagement and trust, improved performance, better decision-making, stronger business results and profits, increased staff retention, new perspectives and innovation, the list could go on and on.  With it being National Inclusion Week, we thought it would be a good idea to share our top tips on how to be an inclusive employer!

        Educate leaders

        It’s the executives and managers that are instrumental in creating an inclusive culture. Not only because they need to lead by example, but it is also important that they promote and encourage diversity and inclusion.

        Form an inclusion council

        We have introduced an EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) committee whose role is to ensure we are working towards our goals and become the best workplace we can be in terms of diversity and inclusion. The role of an inclusion council is to promote, support and drive the necessity of inclusion in the workplace; to set and implement goals around diversity and inclusion; communicate the importance of diversity and inclusion; and to establish a supportive and welcoming workplace environment. An inclusion council will ensure that your company creates an inclusive environment that promotes equity in the workplace.

        Celebrate employee differences

        One of the most important ways to show your employees that you respect their backgrounds and traditions is to invite them to share those characteristics in the workplace. A way we do this at Allen Lane is by recognising the variety of religious holidays and awareness days, educating ourselves so we can all experience and learn more about each other.

        Listen to employees

        Active listening fuels inclusion. When employees feel they are being listened to, better relationships are developed and employees feel they can bring their whole selves to work. It also allows you to engage with your employees who have different lived experiences from your own and ensures you take the time to learn about them. It also improves communication between teams and reduces conflict and misunderstanding.

        Communicate goals and measure progress

        It’s important to establish and clearly communicate your diversity and inclusion goals. This will paint a clear picture of the areas you need to work on as well as show the importance of inclusion to your employees. It will also help motivate and drive everyone to work towards a more inclusive culture.

        Finally…

        Not only is it important for employers to be inclusive, but we also believe that it is important for everyone in the organization to work towards being more inclusive. Here are some quick tips on how to be a more inclusive co-worker.

        1. Be yourself!
        2. Speak up about inclusion
        3. Think about how you communicate
        4. Challenge stereotypes
        5. Support your co-workers’ differences

        If you want support on how to be an inclusive employer, reach out to our team of recruiters to help you.

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