BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--What is the role and bottom line value for business in creating and managing inclusive cultures in the workplace? One motivation for building inclusive work cultures, research shows, is the increase in fresh thinking, ideas and innovation that come from different mindsets working together.
Another is the opportunity to create a workplace environment that is welcoming, encouraging, and respectful of differences in ideology and backgrounds. Fostering inclusive environments may also prevent employees from feeling isolated and marginalized, factors that sometimes contribute to extremist behavior.
In a recent Linkage blog post by the global leadership and talent development firm, CEO Matt Norquist and Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and author, advisor, and consultant on American Muslim affairs, discuss what business leaders gain for creating and supporting diverse and inclusive cultures.
Norquist notes, “As a business leader, I think every day about my role in making a difference, creating lasting impact, and what factors in my environment will ultimately contribute to our success. And I know from recent research by McKinsey that diverse populations of people and teams operate at the highest levels of performance.”
He adds, “Corporate society increasingly has an opportunity and the power to impact how company and societal cultures address the people issues of diversity, difference, and inclusion.”
Mogahed brings valuable perspective from her role with the Obama administration as part of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as well as her TED talk, “What do you think when you look at me?”, countless appearances on popular programs including The Daily Show, NBC News, and more, and as co-author of the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a billion Muslims really think.
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