Supporting Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
What does an inclusive workplace look like? It’s a welcoming culture in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity – and everyone feels valued.
Read how these people contribute to a diverse and inclusive ethical workplace.
“I understand that everybody has a point of view. I am willing to learn, accept feedback, and listen. Making sure that everyone is included has helped us come up with fantastic business solutions.”
“I take time to learn about my colleagues’ races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. I welcome ideas that are different and see how problems can be viewed from different points of view. It makes work more interesting and fun.”
“Being familiar with the company’s diversity policies helps me to implement them. I volunteer, chair, or serve on the committees that organize diversity-related events in the company and the wider community.”
“I try to treat people in the way they wish to be treated. Engaging with our mixed global culture and being part of it will broaden my horizons and make our place of work a better place to be.”
Daren is taking over a new team. His cultural background is different from everyone else on the team. Some of his colleagues have asked him to go out next Friday for drinks, but the activity would compromise his beliefs.
- Thank them for the invitation and decline politely. Explain that he appreciates the invitation, but the activity would compromise his beliefs.
- Make up an excuse for not being able to attend, or go with them and try to ignore his personal feelings.
- Suggest a different activity that he would be more comfortable with.
- Take time to get to know his team and find out what makes each of his colleagues unique.
Diversity comes from our age, race, ethnic group, nationality, national origin, gender, sexuality, religion and beliefs, and cultures. Each of us brings something unique to the workplace. Remember that social activities and practices that are comfortable for you may not be for everyone, and vice versa. Daren shouldn’t have to go against his personal beliefs and he certainly shouldn’t feel he has to lie to his colleagues to fit in. It’s okay to decline an invitation, but even better to suggest an alternative that would see Daren meet his colleagues on common ground.
- Open yourself to the ideas, cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs of others.
- Be aware that people coming from cultural backgrounds different than our own can feel distanced or excluded.
- Remember to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
This is content from the ethics in the workplace booklet