Updated: May 6, 2020
Diversity and inclusion is important to employee wellness. Diversity and inclusion has typically had a focus on talent acquisition and team building.
It is often not, considered as a measure, within wellness programmes and frameworks in organisations. How can embracing diversity, as part of employee wellness initiatives, result in actions to build inclusiveness?
Creating opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, adds value to a range of programs and initiatives to develop and support employees.
A key indicator of workplace wellness, is the ability for people of all backgrounds to be able to see themselves reflected, nurtured and supported.
A true sense of belonging, is a necessary element of wellness, and assists employees to engage and build team cohesion, within the workplace.
It adds to the sense authenticity and the fosters a 'community' spirit within the workplace that helps to drive inclusion across all areas.
The key objective of managing workplace diversity, through wellness activities, is to plan and implement a beneficial organisational programme. Wellness programmes and activities, will enhance support for employees and take advantage of the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
Diversity management is a powerful tool for stress reduction in the workplace, and should be a key consideration in wellness programmes offered by companies.
It focuses the organisation to maximise the ability to take advantage of an inclusive space, and enables employees to contribute towards organisational objectives. Wellness is a key activity within this area.
Focusing on inclusion in wellness interventions
Stress impacts employee health and the ability to work productively. This impacts both the individual and the organisational ability to achieve best in class results.
It lowers morale, increases absenteeism, has a negative impact on engagement and ultimately reduces the ability for an organisation to focus on realising objectives.
Managers must realise the importance of diversity and inclusion within the paradigm of wellness.
Alleviating stress in the workplace, caused by a lack of diversity and inclusion is key to improving wellness.