This week’s blog about inclusive language is courtesy of Fundera. While it highlights why this practice is essential in small businesses, at Watersedge we also know it is important within relationships at home, at school and in the community. We hope this infographic empowers you use inclusive language in every-day life as part of your own personal and relational development.
Stop and think about something for a second: are you a part of a truly inclusive workplace? It’s a hard thing to tangibly measure, but a study from McKinsey shows that companies with racial and ethnical diversity are 35% more successful than those without. Wouldn’t you want to be a part of a company culture that values all types of diversity?
While many companies might boast a diverse staff, hiring people of all demographics isn’t enough. A culture that fosters inclusivity starts with healthy communication that is respectful of everyone and doesn’t isolate employees of a particular age, demographic, gender, race, or any other trait. Avoid communication breakdowns by fostering inclusive language.
Ideally, this should start from leadership and upper management. The company’s mission statement could include a dedication to inclusivity, and it should be regularly enforced. Team building activities, lunches, and happy hours are a great way to connect with everyone and make your coworkers feel valued.
To learn more about using inclusive language in the workplace, check out the infographic below.
Please include attribution to Fundera.com with this graphic.
Meredith Wood is Editor-in-Chief at Fundera. Specialising in financial advice for small business owners, Meredith is a current and past contributor to Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, SCORE, AllBusiness and more.
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