What does inclusion mean?

Inclusion means allowing someone or something into a group or structure. It can also mean a body or particle that is noticeably different from the substance in which it is imbedded.

Diversity and inclusion exists when members of an organization act in a manner that recognizes and respects individual similarities and differences such that employees feel they and their work are valued and meaningfully important to the success of the company. Increasing workforce diversification challenges all members of a company attempting to satisfy the individual value. Differences in age, race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation to name but only a few, influence what makes individuals feel valued. Studies have shown the degree to which an individual feels valued by his/her superiors and peers in large part defines his/her work engagement and the value offered to the company. The challenge is a circular one best solved by fostering an organized culture that respects and achieves to embrace diversity and inclusion. But what makes an employee feel valued? Studies show that what makes us feel valued differs depending on our particular position and background. Often, these studies help the needs, values, and attitudes of individuals sharing a common background to provide broad insight to what makes members of these groups seek and make them feel valued. While not perfect, these studies provide a starting point for becoming aware of and understanding individual preferences; awareness and understanding that is becoming increasingly important given the rapidly changing workforce demographic. We can make our community more inclusive by uniting behind the decision: * Demonstrate the group's commitment to equality. * Bring to light different skills, experiences and perspectives, and new solutions. * Increase the company to new knowledge, networks and connections, helping to open doors and increase the community. * Bring special characteristics to the company- for example, young adults often help to start enthusiasm and can also bring with them new perspectives. * Improve communication with other co-workers. * Help to keep the company fresh. We need to examine the company. Changing the culture of a company through more inclusion will often require a change in the way things are done. Ask questions like: * What has your company done to encourage inclusion in the past? * What worked? What wasn't so successful? * Where does the company stand now with regards to inclusion? * Where would your company like to be with regards to inclusion in 12 months time? * How will you achieve this? * Know why you are doing it. A person may feel they have to work twice as hard and be twice as successful to achieve the same respect and recognition others might. Try to avoid stereotyping. Observe, listen to and take cues from the people you are trying to include and take this into consideration in your interaction with them. "Treat others as you would like to be treated."