As companies strive to become more diverse and inclusive, Gallup says leaders first need to understand the difference between the two terms. They sum it up with the words of Netflix CEO Verna Myers, who says “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”
For strategies on this front to truly hold, Gallup says three things are required.
Employees are treated with respect.An inclusive culture is rooted in respect and encourages workers to speak out and share new ideas.
Employees are valued for their strengths. When the focus is on more effective utilization of strengths, employees are more collaborative and productive, making their company more profitable.
Finally, leaders do what is right. They view diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do. They create an environment where employees feel safe to express themselves and raise specific concerns with confidence and transparency.