Inclusion is a major buzzword in business today. It’s usually thought of in terms of ethnic, racial, religious and gender diversity and filing the workplace with representatives of every demographic category. This is an important and worthy endeavor. But inclusion is not just a matter of hiring policy or representing the differences among people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. It’s about engaging and involving your community -your parent volunteers showing them that each one is important.
On the surface, a corporate or non-profit workplace can look as diverse as the United Nations, but if the employees are truly not respected, not truly valued, not truly involved and not truly treated with dignity, what you have is a great photo opportunity, and not real inclusion.
The reason inclusion is so important is simple: When everyone matters and everyone knows he or she matters, employees and/or volunteers are happy to come to work to your PTA. They are eager to give you their energy creativity, and loyalty. The result is predictable: more productivity and satisfaction; less absenteeism and turnover.
On the other hand, when people don’t feel included they become apathetic and perform at less than their full capacity. To put it simply, all people want exactly what you want. You want to be included, listened to, respected and involved, don’t you? You want to be asked your opinion and have it taken seriously. You want to feel valued. And you want to be known as an individual and treated as such. Well, guess what? So does everyone else. That’s why great leaders make sure that everyone in the for and non-profit workplace no -matter the rank or position- feels included and no one feels left out.