At Qlearsite we measure Inclusion by four main areas – Safety & Access, Trust & Fairness, Acceptance and Belonging. All play a key role in shaping the inclusive experience of employees within an organisation – in this article we’ll be focusing on the idea of belonging.
Belonging is where everyone feels valued in the workplace, all identities are celebrated and organisations embrace differences. This can be broken down further into three components that contribute to how much a person feels as though they belong in an organisation:
The feeling of belonging is integral to inclusion in the workplace and can have a significant impact on other areas of the employee experience. For example, a 2019 study by BetterUp found that workplace belonging can lead to an estimated 56% increase in job performance, a 50% reduction in turnover risk, and a 75% decrease in employee sick days. Despite the positive impacts of workplace belonging, in the UK only 32% of office workers feel as though they completely belong within their company.
As we’ve seen, the extent to which people feel as if they belong can have a knock-on effect on other areas of the workplace experience. It’s therefore important to consider what you can do to foster a feeling of belonging among employees. A few examples to help foster belonging in your organisation are: