FOSTERING INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE
In recent years, many Life Science companies have emphasized diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In particular, it has become important for many clients that the recruitment process includes a balance of genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages, cultural backgrounds, and education levels.
However, even though significant progress has been made, there is still more that colleagues or managers can do to ensure everyone is included in the workplace, without anyone feeling silenced.
Having a diverse range of employees naturally leads to the emergence of diverse perspectives on various matters.
When a company has established a strong team consisting of people of different ethnicities, genders or sexual orientations, it opens up a world of new possibilities. Having a diverse range of employees naturally leads to the emergence of diverse perspectives on various matters. This is especially beneficial in recruitment, where such diversity can contribute to expanding the framework of candidate evaluation. Additionally, it broadens the scope and repertoire of recruiters, as certain employers may be able to attract individuals that others might not have considered.
It is crucial to attentively acknowledge alternative perspectives beyond one's own.
It is crucial to attentively acknowledge alternative perspectives beyond one's own. Failing to do so may result in exclusionary dynamics, where certain individuals in the workplace feel that their belief are being undermined. Consequently, fostering a work environment where alternative perspectives - within the framework of the law - is cultivated is key to ensuring diversity and inclusion.
Here are three valuable suggestions on how you, as a colleague, can contribute to inclusion and diversity without undermining others' viewpoints:
1. Actively listen to others' perspectives and experiences without judgment or dismissal.
Actively listening to others' perspectives and experiences without judgment or dismissal results in broader perspectives, enhanced understanding, improved communication, and strengthened relationships. By genuinely listening, we gain a deeper understanding of others, fostering empathy and meaningful connections. This creates a safe environment for open communication, leading to productive discussions and collaborative problem-solving.
2. Be mindful of and avoid making stereotypical or generalizing statements or engaging in actions that may contribute to marginalization.
When working with individuals who have a different background, sexual orientation, or gender than oneself, it is important to reflect upon the biases one may hold. Consider how they may influence your perceptions and interactions with others. This awareness allows individuals to approach conversations and relationships with greater empathy, understanding, and respect for diverse perspectives and experiences. By acknowledging and addressing personal biases, individuals can foster more inclusive and equitable interactions, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual respect among alle parties involved.
3. Be willing to challenge your own biases and be open to learning.
Being open to learning allows for continuous personal growth and development. It enables you to expand your knowledge, perspectives, and empathy towards others. Also, by challenging your biases you stimulate critical thinking skills, enabling you to evaluate information objectively and make more informed and fair judgments.
Author: Freja Holfelt, Albright Partners A/S