An inclusive working environment allows people to be themselves at work. At its most basic level- it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual and ensuring that no one feels left out because of their:

  • age,
  • disability,
  • race,
  • religion or belief,
  • pregnancy and maternity,
  • sex,
  • sexual orientation,
  • gender reassignment,
  • marriage and civil partnership,
  • Other factors such as social background.

However, to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce it’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential. Because, for example:

  • Inclusive teams make better business decisions up to 87% of the time.
  • Teams that follow an inclusive process make decisions 2X faster with 1/2 the meetings.
  • Decisions made and executed by diverse teams delivered 60% better results. (Forbes, 2017)

In a nutshell, enriching your employee pool with representatives of different genders, races, and nationalities is key for boosting your company’s joint intellectual potential. Creating a more diverse workplace will help to keep your team members’ biases in check and make them question their assumptions. At the same time, we need to make sure the organization has inclusive practices so that everyone feels they can be heard. All of this can make your teams smarter and, ultimately, make your organization more successful, whatever your goals.

At the 2018 Dell EMC Management Challenge we will aim to learn more about the above as well as addressing the following questions:

  • What does inclusion in the workplace and indeed sport look like?
  • What to consider when embedding inclusion within an organisation and what are the main challenging issues
  • What is the role of management , colleagues and team mates in achieving inclusion
  • What are the benefits of inclusion in an organisation and society at large
  • What are the costs of exclusion