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Increasing Growth Through Inclusion

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​From the shifting landscape of climate change and geopolitical dynamics to the rapid integration of AI, prevailing global trends are reshaping fundamental assumptions about people and society.

In the midst of escalating intricacies and disruptions, organisations must align their workforce with the evolving world around them. This calls for embracing diversity, which serves as the cornerstone of survival in these challenging times.  

However, true success demands more than just diversity - it necessitates inclusion. Flourishing enterprises must tap into the expansive capabilities of their entire workforce, encompassing individuals from diverse racial backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, socioeconomic statuses, and those with unique cognitive and physical attributes.

Research underscores the remarkable advantage gained by organisations that excel in both diversity and inclusion. For instance, McKinsey Research reveals that the likelihood of financial outperformance by gender diversity is +25% and by ethnic diversity it is +36%. In addition, “companies with more than 30% women executives were more likely to outperform companies where this percentage ranged from 10 to 30. A substantial differential likelihood of outperformance—48 percent—separates the most from the least gender-diverse companies.”

While the significance of diversity is universally acknowledged, the nuances of achieving inclusion are sometimes overlooked. Below, we delve into three pivotal benefits of fostering workplace inclusion:


Enhancing Diversity's Impact: Kelly Baker, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Pentair outlined three pillars of their integrated approach to supporting and promoting workplace inclusion & diversity. Firstly, talent acquisition and deployment, with a focus on fair hiring practices at every level. Secondly, development and retention of diverse talent for leadership roles. Focus areas include expanding participation in leadership-development programs, prioritising career-development planning for all talent, including diverse talent, and leveraging employee resource group networks to attract, retain, and develop people from diverse backgrounds. And finally, leadership of diverse teams. The focus is on cultivating an environment that values differences, fairness, and inclusion. This includes Global Effectiveness training, which fosters insights about global differences and strengthens manager and employee capabilities in working across countries, cultures, and languages.

Inclusive leaders possess the expertise to empower team members, encourage risk-taking, nurture individual development, and foster authenticity. They exemplify collaboration, transparency, and cultural adaptability while fully embracing diversity's value in today's workforce. Even when managed by adept inclusive leaders, diverse teams might initially lag behind homogeneous ones due to the clash of varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and communication styles. Over time, though, diverse teams led by inclusive leaders significantly outshine their homogeneous counterparts, despite the latter's adept management. In essence, inclusion empowers diversity, resulting in a formidable tandem.


Elevating Engagement and Decision-Making: Imagine the impact of propelling each employee towards peak performance levels. True workplace inclusion can yield such results, McKinsey insights outline that “there is evidence that inclusion is closely linked to employee engagement, itself in turn a critical component of employee retention, productivity and financial performance. For example, research has shown that business units that score in the top quartile of their organisation in employee engagement have nearly double the odds of success.” Fostering an environment where individuals can authentically be themselves - replete with support, respect, and recognition for their unique contributions unleashes the organisation's underlying potential.


Fuelling Growth through Inclusion: Inclusive leaders excel not only in harnessing diverse teams but also in cultivating environments where every individual's potential can flourish. As growth remains a priority for organisations, inclusive leadership emerges as the answer as it underpins the solution to this pivotal challenge. A few examples of how to achieve this are: to increase diverse representation - particularly in leadership and critical roles. Enable equality of opportunity through fairness and transparency. Foster belonging through support for multivariate diversity. Strengthen leadership and accountability for delivering on I&D goals.


Build a workplace for the Future:

In essence, inclusion isn't just a side pursuit; it is the bedrock of future workplaces. The merits of diversity and inclusion span an array of performance metrics, furnishing companies with a competitive edge that is hard to ignore. Thriving in the coming years requires more than diversifying talent pools - it requires crafting inclusive workplaces that cater to the diverse needs of all employees, fostering an environment where each individual can fully achieve their potential.


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