Moments of belonging and connection are integral to creating a DIBs workplace. For employees to find their footing in a diverse and inclusive environment, they must have a strong sense of community and support. Employees must feel recognised for their accomplishments, valued for their contributions, and free to express their thoughts and opinions.
To make that environment a reality, create “belonging moments” within your organisation by:
- Personalising introductions
- Asking questions
- Listening attentively
- Soliciting input in meetings
- Practicing gratitude
- Sharing stories
By following each of the above tips and encouraging everyone within your company to get involved, you can close the belonging gap—ensuring that everyone, regardless of who they are, feels like a core component of your company’s puzzle.
An ongoing commitment. Cultivating DIBs through “belonging moments” is a long-term strategy. A single inclusionary moment isn’t enough. You must continue to share stories, listen to others, and ask questions. Every day, try to do one thing on this list. Reach out to others, help them feel included, and make belonging a daily workplace reality.