Learn how to create a positive team environment through inclusive meetings.
In the day-to-day business, meetings are a good microcosm of your organizational culture. Meetings are both the potential building blocks of inclusion in your culture and indicators of what’s going on, right now.
Inclusion is ultimately comprised of an individual’s experience of everyday interactions. An inclusive meeting is when a diverse group of people each feel as though they are seen, represented, respected, and valued during a meeting. There’s a safe space where everybody feels comfortable and empowered.
To fully leverage the value of your diversity, you need to commit to practices of inclusion. Meetings are a key opportunity for practical adjustments that normalize inclusion in your organization. Inclusive meetings help to create a positive team environment in which team members feel psychologically safe and maximize effectiveness. Yet, without intentionality, meetings can be are notorious for distorted power dynamics and bias.
Research shows that only 35% of employees report feeling consistently comfortable contributing in meetings.
Another study found that People of Color, women and older employees are less likely to feel comfortable speaking in meetings compared with their white peers men and Gen Z employees, respectively.
Yet another study revealed that women are more than twice as likely to be interrupted in group dialogue, particularly in industries and organizations that are male-dominated.
Building the equitable work culture begins with inclusive meetings. If you’re a leader who wants to benefit from the talent of every member of your team, focus on the three following areas:
TEDx Talks: Interrupting gender bias through meeting culture
Harvard University: Inclusive Meeting Guide
People Managing People: Why Inclusive Meetings Are Better (And How To Lead Them)
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