Why inclusion requires a leap of imagination | A New Normal

The business case is clear: Diverse organisations are more likely to be profitable and productive (as cited by McKinsey in their report “Why Diversity Matters”).

Deloitte noted in their report “Waiter, is that inclusion in my soup?” that employees who feel included at work are significantly more likely to be high achievers, and to feel good about the organisations they work for. So follow this thought process through, and it’s obvious that as employers, all we need to do is to make sure all our employees feel included. Simple. Right? Or not.
It can be hard for people to truly understand inclusion, and the changes they need to make to ensure that others feel included. From an organisational perspective, data is key – it’s vital to understand the perspectives, not just from the population”at large”, but from those who may not feel included as individuals. This type of insight provides the opportunity to make a genuine impact to organisational inclusion policy.

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Trish DriverAbout the author

Tricia Driver is the Founder and CEO of A New Normal Ltd, creating business impact through inclusion. A New Normal supports organisations in attracting, developing and retaining the best people from broad and diverse talent pools, enabling the creations and sustenance of environments which give all employees the freedom to be their full selves at work every day. The company is named in recognition of the fact that whilst a move to a truly inclusive organisational culture can feel challenging, it doesn’t have to be scary; and the benefits are incredible (with Deloitte identifying that inclusive teams out-perform their peers by 80 per cent!).

Trish has over 15 years experience across the end to end talent lifecycle, from employer branding and recruitment process design, through to people development and alumni programmes. She’s worked across the inclusion landscape, and is particularly proud of her work founding Capgemini UK’s returner programme. Trish is an expert in Unconscious Bias and Inclusion, a skilled and highly regarded coach and a compelling speaker. She describes herself as passionate about all things equality, a feminist, LGBT+ ally, parent, entrepreneur and plate-spinner in chief.

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