Inclusion Sold Separately

Article by Tru Pettigrew

I remember as a child, some of the best gifts that I got for Christmas always seemed to require batteries. I also remember how quickly I learned to dislike the phrase “batteries sold separately”.

There were numerous occasions when my mom or one of my older brothers or sisters would have to run out and get batteries in order for me to enjoy the latest toy, game or gadget I had just gotten. Having the gifts without the batteries defeated the purpose.

A lot of organizations treat inclusion like its sold separately. You’ve taken the time to pull together a diverse team, but until you effectively include those team members into the organization, you wont enjoy the benefits of the diversity. It’s like having an amazing gift that requires batteries, without the batteries.

This applies to generational diversity with millennials, gender diversity, cultural diversity, lifestyle diversity and any other type of diversity you can think of. Don’t bring on diverse talent and relegate them into their own little corner or box. Inclusion cannot and should not be sold separately.

The power of inclusion takes the organization to whole new level.

Some organizations, for whatever reason, are resistant to being inclusive, others think they are being inclusive when they aren’t, and some just simply don’t know how to go about it.

3 indicators to help your organization recognize if you’re missing out on the power of inclusion…

  1. If all of the Black and Hispanic people that work at your organization are part of the multicultural division, then you are not being very inclusive. You may be able to check off the diversity box, but you’re failing at inclusion.
  2. If you find yourself struggling to retain millennial talent because all the ones that you hire always seem to leave between 6 months to a year, then chances are its because you aren’t being inclusive. Millennials need to be included.
  3. If no one at your executive leadership meetings has ever given birth to a child, nor has the capacity to give birth to a child, then chances are you are not as inclusive as you may think you are.

When you take the time to build a diverse team and then don’t create a climate of inclusion, you alienate certain segments of your organization and it makes them wonder why you brought them on board to begin with.

Make sure to always include the inclusion with the diversity. Inclusion should never be “sold separately”.


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