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Diversity and Inclusion through Belonging

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Crowne Plaza Nottingham

Wollaton Street

Nottingham

ng1 5rh

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Businesses with diverse workforces perform better, but you need belonging to deliver the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

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Diversity and Inclusion are interesting, but it is Belonging that truly matters.

This is why, and what you can do about it.

'The business case for diversity in the workplace is now overwhelming.’ World Economic Forum

There can be no argument about whether diversity delivers business benefit. Indeed, the opposite is true, as McKinsey has stated ‘a lack of diversity is a penalty to business.’

Incredible amounts of effort have been made to create diverse and inclusive workforces. All with the right aim, but not necessarily delivering the desired results. As an example, research has shown that diversity training is not only ineffective, but it can also have a negative impact.

We have been looking through the kaleidoscope from the wrong end. The root problem, the one that we really need to solve, is belonging. It is only by creating a sense of belonging for all of our employees, where each feels safe to be themselves without fear of judgement or repercussion, that we can then create inclusion and thus truly have a diverse workforce. If diversity is having a seat at the table, then inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is being willing to use that voice knowing you will be heard. Creating a sense of belonging is the secret to unlocking the business benefits of diversity and inclusion.

And the benefits are significant…... employees who feel a strong sense of belonging have a 56% increase in overall job performance and are 50% less likely to be a turnover risk compared to employees with a low sense of belonging. And it does not take much to impact your employee’s productivity, if you exclude someone from say a team meeting that individual will immediately be 25% less productive.

Belonging matters, it increases productivity, it enhances employee wellness, it attracts and retains the diverse talent that you need for your business to be a success. This session will show you why it matters, the value it delivers to all stakeholders and give you 7 tangible actions that you can use today to create belonging. It was said that the golden rule is to treat others how you want to be treated. Perhaps this is the wrong way round, perhaps we should treat others how they want to be treated. Do this and you will make your business better for everyone.

‘Diversity, Inclusion through Belonging’ is one of the subjects from our series of ‘Inspiration and Challenge’ sessions that are designed to stretch your imagination and see the world of work from different perspectives.

Learning Objectives

This session will provide a thorough overview of diversity, Inclusion and belonging, the business rationale for embracing it, the science behind it and actions you can take to create it. Specifically, it will:

• Provide a definition of diversity, inclusion and belonging

• Enable you to understand why belonging is so critical to achieving the aim of diversity and inclusion

• By considering the neuroscience of connections show why belonging is so important to us as humans

• Explain why social pain should be considered in the same context as physical pain (and use the evolution of our language to prove it)

• Show that belonging predicts happiness and fulfilment and why having a best friend at work turns out to be one of the most insightful of Gallup’s 12 questions

• Explain why loneliness has such a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing

• Provide a full business case for belonging from an individual, team and business perspective

• Give you 7 tangible ways on how you can foster an environment and culture of belonging covering the entire employee life cycle

• Explain why we do not use the bias word at all in the entire session

Refreshments will be available from 8:30 and the seminar will begin at 9:00.

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