Create an Inclusive Workplace - Page 2

Tips to Help Create an Inclusive Workplace

Here are some of the ways you, as a business owner, can help create an inclusive workplace:

  • Get to know your employees on an individual basis to determine each person's strengths, interests, priorities, challenges and commitment to the business.
  • Acknowledge staff when they are performing well.
  • Adapt flexibility in work arrangements to the needs of individuals rather than applying one policy for all staff.
  • Link employee goals and ambitions to the goals and future plans of the business. Make sure your employees know how they fit into the big picture for the company, both now and in the future.
  • Use language that is respectful and welcoming of all ages, gender, ethnicity, personal priorities and experiences. All internal and external communications such as newsletters, memos, job ads and websites should follow this guideline.
  • Make sure that work is shared fairly, and that all staff have opportunities to develop their skills, without making judgment or assumptions about personal circumstances or priorities.
  • Acknowledge and accommodate employees with diverse backgrounds and priorities.
  • Different generations of workers have different attitudes towards how and why they work. By understanding some of the differences you will be better able to meet the needs of each generation.
  • Provide both positive and constructive feedback to employees on their work as soon as possible. Praise publicly, but if you correct or reprimand, make sure you do that in private.
  • Be accessible and open to communicate. Maintain an open-door policy.
  • Examine the reason(s) why people are leaving the organization. Keep track of any trends and make an effort to address any issues within your control.

A variety of flexible work options are listed on page 5, but first proceed to pages 3 and 4 for information about how the workplace is changing and about different generations' work preferences.