Learn how to constructively speak up about organizational or work-related problems and concerns.
Inclusion is defined as a sense of belongingness with our peers and knowing we are valued for our differences. In order to create a culture of inclusion, we need to discuss our differences and the challenges that follow. This requires the skills that foster a safe space for uncomfortable conversations.
Unfortunately, many people describe talking about inclusion as a “mine field” or being afraid of saying something wrong. Cancel culture has fuelled the fear of making a mis-step. When our main goal is to avoid the liabilities of doing something wrong, we miss the opportunity to build trusting relationships, to make honest mistakes, and to learn. In a climate of silence, employees feel restrained from constructively speaking up about organizational or work-related problems, concerns, or challenges.
There are both external and internal reasons why someone might not be able to speak up and share their beliefs:
Identify where your employees are on the speaking up scale:
Identify the factors contributing to the ability to speak up.
Take action to create a safer environment for speaking up.
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