61% of employees bend themselves out of shape to fit in at work, including 45% of white, heterosexual men. This is bad for business and bad for well-being.
The good news is that businesses with an inclusive environment have an operating profit almost three times higher than those that don’t.
Diversity without inclusion damages a company’s performance. It also causes pain.
Feeling pain. Neuroscience shows that the psychological pain caused by being excluded affects the same part of the brain as physical pain. It hurts.
Eisenberger, Lieberman & Williams (2003); Cikara & Fiske (2011).
We are naturally attracted to people who are like us and tend to shy away from those who are different.
If we can appreciate each other for who we are, we create an environment where we can flourish together no matter what our differences.
Compared to employees working in a business without an inclusive culture, employees in businesses with a culture of inclusion are:
– 12% more likely to expend discretionary effort
– 19% more likely to stay with the business
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