How should managers role-model inclusion in their workplaces

Words Jamie Oliver

It can be a “minefield”, but there are practical steps managers can take to build teams that feel valued and understood – according to three Chartered Managers

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June is Pride Month, and there will be events, marches and celebrations up and down the country. But what is inclusivity? What does it mean for organisations and leaders? And how should managers role-model inclusion in their workplaces? 

Inclusivity in the workplace is about creating an environment where all employees feel valued, respected and supported, regardless of their backgrounds, identities or perspectives. It’s about equal opportunities, eradicating discrimination and embracing diversity. 

“Inclusion isn’t about being straight or gay or bi, Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist,” says Catherine Myszka CMgr FCMI ChMC FIC, deputy chair and diversity and inclusion lead for CMI’s East Midlands and Eastern regional board. “It’s about being yourself.”

Start with authenticity

“For me,” Catherine adds, “it’s important that those in positions of leadership can be their authentic selves. Leaders are, and need to be perceived as, human beings and be able to bring their whole selves to work.”

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