#48 How to Be More Real and Inclusive at Work With Stephanie Good

The 360 Leadhership Podcast, Episode 48, 23 November 2022 by Lucy Gernon

Diversity, inclusivity, D&I, equity, equality, justice.

There are so many buzzwords relating to diversity and inclusivity at work. But fundamentally, diversity is about difference. It’s about having a workplace where you see people around you who reflect society. People of all different races, ethnicity, genders, ages, religions, abilities etc.

Diversity does not work without inclusion. They go hand in hand. You can have as much variety as you want in your organisation but you must also ensure inclusivity. This could look like leaders ensuring none of their team are excluded, that they are treated equally, are given fair opportunities and are making sure their voices are heard.

Making small adjustments where needed as a leader is so important to boost morale, respect and appreciation for those who need it. When we are being our true selves, we perform at our best. And one has to feel included in order to be one’s true self.

It all starts with empathy. We are all human. Sometimes the hierarchical aspect of corporations make us forget that our boss is only human too. And as humans it is SO important to be empathetic to one another and to open up when we need help. Everyone has their own personal life and back story.

Somebody may be a parent or a caregiver and they have to get the kids off to school. It could be somebody who’s got a physical disability, who might have to navigate some challenges in their environment, it could be a person of colour, who’s navigating racism in their day to day experiences.

We need to understand and appreciate that, as a result of people’s situations, they could be in a bad mood at work or they could have low energy. The key is to just be aware as much as possible and supportive of people around you.

Making sure you have inclusivity and empathy in the workplace can result in higher employee satisfaction leading to more revenue, less employee turnover and better team morale.

Variety is the spice of life!

The episode at a glance:

[06.45] Practical tips for leaders to create a more inclusive environment

[11:03] The moment Lucy cried and why

[17:14] What employees need to do to make work more inclusive

[21:24] How to be more empathetic and supportive of other people

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