The economic and social challenges that the UK faces have been thrown into sharp relief by Brexit, in particular around issues like productivity, inclusion and opportunity. As businesses, it is up to us to seize the opportunities that exist to make some positive changes, becoming firms that will be competitive into the middle of the 21st Century. If we get it right, business growth and greater opportunity will go hand in hand.
CBI believes that inclusive businesses will deliver better economically as well as socially. People are at the heart if this. It is often said that the workforce is a business’ greatest asset, but we are missing an opportunity if our actions – how we lead, manage, support and develop people – don’t back this up, and if we lack the focus needed to help every person reach their best.
An inclusive workplace encourages diversity and empowers everyone to perform at their best
An inclusive workplace is one in which diversity – the differences of gender, sexuality, race, age, social background, physical and mental ability, and even differences of thought and experience – are welcomed because they improve the performance of a team and, ultimately, a business’ results. It’s where leaders, managers and employees are clear about the role that they play in fostering it.
Inclusion is an approach to running organizations which focuses on ensuring that every aspect of the business – from its leadership and management, to its workplace policies – contributes to helping employees perform at their best. It means more than eliminating direct discrimination that is already illegal. An inclusive workplace is one in which action is taken to ensure that practice and culture does not indirectly disadvantage any group and encourages all.
Read the Report – Time for Action: the business case for inclusive workplaces – here