One of my favorite things to do during summer weekends is to go down the shore* to visit friends and share hysterical, mostly embarrassing memories, from long ago. The stories never get old and, in fact, become a little better with time. Hours spent with my friends are familiar, warm and easy – like being suspended in time. They remind me of the slow, lazy days of summer when I was a kid and the biggest decision was a bomb pop or toasted almond. My friends and I have so much in common – our age, values, education and earnings. We like the same food, music, and many of the same activities. Our visits are a nostalgic and comfortable time for everyone involved.
10 Tips To Create A More Inclusive Team Environment
Don’t we all like the comfort of what is familiar? Comfort is what drives people to hire others just like them – people of the same religion, race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, gender, generation, physical ability, etc. But comfort doesn’t unleash innovation, and innovation is core to growth. And as summer ends and the school year starts up, it’s time for new beginnings, new learnings and personal growth. For those of us out of school, it’s still a symbolic time of change and renewal, and a good time for us to think about how we challenge ourselves to get the outcomes we want.
As an organization, we are united around a common goal of growth. Organic growth, as opposed to growth from acquisition of new capabilities or technologies, most often comes from innovations, both small and large. One thing that fuels innovation is diversity of thought within experiences, learnings and understandings.
5 simple ways to create a more inclusive team environment
5 ways to combat feeling left out
At the same time that you want to make sure you’re doing the most to make sure your coworkers are heard and recognized, make sure you are doing the same for yourself. Feeling left out? Below are 5 steps to combat that feeling.
Originally posted by Konica Minolta; written by Vicky Ringwood, Senior Vice President, Human Resources; https://blog.konicaminolta.us/10-tips-create-inclusive-team/