Diversity & Inclusion

D&I Survey: how to cultivate community & promote acceptance

Steffi Maranan

Acceptance is a key part of Inclusion, as well as Safety & Access, Trust & Fairness and  Belonging – which is how we measure Inclusion at Qlearsite. In this article, we’ll focus on Acceptance and the idea of community.

We define Acceptance as everyone being able to be their authentic selves and work in a fair, meritocratic environment with balanced rewards that aren’t influenced by identity. In addition to this people feel part of a community and feel supported to succeed in their careers. The idea of Acceptance can be broken down into three key areas – Success, Support and Community.

Success:

This is where the ability to succeed is perceived as being completely open, neither biased nor predicated on belonging to a particular group. In other words, people believe they can be successful in an organisation no matter who they are.

Support:

Organisations should be proactive in helping their people create connections across the organisation to ensure people feel supported and part of a community.

Community:

People should feel a strong sense of community within their organisation, where occasions are thoughtfully planned and considerate of all needs and preferences so that everyone can participate and feel included.

Community is the foundation of Acceptance within an organisation – without community and genuine connection, it’ll be difficult for individuals to feel accepted.

Therefore, community is a key part of the employee experience: according to a 2018 Clutch survey, 50% of office workers said they value community in the workplace. What’s more, it was found that 54% of employees have said that a strong sense of community (great coworkers, celebrating milestones, a common mission) kept them at a company longer than was in their best interest.

Now that we’ve established the importance of community, how can you help to cultivate it in the workplace?

How to help build community in your organisation

1. Embed the idea of community into your organisation

Ensure community is embedded into your organisation’s culture and values. This allows people to know the importance of community and also helps to align you with potential candidates who value community. 

2. A strong vision,  purpose, and mission

Communities often have a common goal or purpose that brings people together. A shared sense of purpose is a great foundation to community, it makes people feel as though they’re part of something greater than themselves.

3. Strong communication

Nothing hinders community more than lack of communication – you can’t collaborate and build connections without good communication. This includes being transparent with both the good and the bad. 

4. Celebrate together

Celebrate all religious and cultural holidays – by acknowledging all key dates (and not just a few) employees will feel more seen and accepted in your organisation. 

5. Encourage inclusive team-building activities

Activities such as sports and charity events are a great way for people to connect outside of working hours. By giving people a common goal to work towards outside of work responsibilities, communities can be strengthened. However equity is key here – taking into consideration everyone’s abilities and needs is important so that no one is left out.

Community is integral to not just acceptance or inclusion – but our overall employee experience. That’s why it’s worth reviewing and investing in community within your organisation.

For more information on our Diversity & Inclusion survey, click here, or watch our demo below to see how our platform helps you measure feelings:

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