Inclusive Workplaces are Human-Centred
Putting people at the heart of organisational policies and practises is not only good for employees, but it’s
Creating a human-centred, inclusive workplace is an investment in the success and happiness of employees, and is a smart strategy that can increase employee happiness, retention rates, and organisational effectiveness, enabling employees to thrive in their role and as part of their team.
Prioritising employee wellbeing
In a human-centric, inclusive workplace, employee wellbeing is a key focus. Organisations can care for employee wellbeing by providing comprehensive wellness programs, access to mental health resources, and creating a healthy work environment.
According to a Gartner study, 96% of organisations claimed to offer wellbeing benefits; however, just 42% of employees believe their employer actually does. To solve this knowledge gap, it’s important for organisations to actively discuss these types of programs with employees so that they are aware of how to take advantage of them. Perhaps despite best efforts by the employer, 48 percent of employees still feel that their wellbeing had worsened in the past years due to the pandemic.
Regular breaks, the promotion of physical activity, and the introduction of ergonomic workspaces can do wonders to ensure staff feel valued and cared for. Additionally, recognising the value of work-life balance and helping employees in tough times can also promote a compassionate and understanding culture.
In the aftermath of the pandemic, many organisations faced extraordinary staff turnover and some significant layoffs have made news in recent months. In terms of recruiting, training, and lost productivity, a high turnover rate can be costly for many businesses.
Creating a human-centred, inclusive workplace is critical for retaining top performing employees. Employees are more likely to stay with organisations that prioritise their needs, create possibilities for advancement, and foster a happy work atmosphere. According to LinkedIn, 75% of employees who have made an internal move over the last two years are more likely to stay with their company than 56% who have not.
Organisations can cultivate long-term connections with their employees by investing in employee development, recognising and rewarding successes, and fostering a supportive atmosphere.
Opportunities for employee nurturing
Companies that support their employees’ ongoing development not only improve their skills and competencies, but also show a dedication to their long-term success. Employees can benefit from regular performance appraisals, coaching, and mentorship programs. Businesses can also offer ongoing training, as well as personal and professional growth opportunities to employees. Empowering employees to reach their full potential benefits them personally, as well as the business as a whole.
Respecting work-life balance
Recognising that employees have personal lives and obligations outside of work is critical to maintaining overall wellbeing and job satisfaction. Businesses can support a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements such as remote work options, flexible hours, or shorter workweeks. Giving employees autonomy and control over their schedules can help employers reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve overall job satisfaction.
Boosting collaboration and communication
Teamwork, cross-functional projects, and open communication channels promote knowledge sharing, problem solving, and creativity. According to Gartner Inc., employees who are given the opportunity to provide input into their organisation’s structure are 2.5 times more likely to be high performers. Organisations can tap into their employees’ collective intelligence by supporting a culture in which ideas are embraced and varied opinions are acknowledged. Regular team-building events, brainstorming meetings, and feedback mechanisms can improve collaboration and increase team connections.