Defining the Barriers of Inclusive Environments in the Workplace

Recognizing acts of exclusion can help companies surmount the challenges of developing an inclusive workplace, concludes a new report by Cowen Partners. Microaggressions and unconscious bias are among the most common obstacles to real progress and true diversity and inclusion in any company culture.

April 29, 2022 – Diverse and inclusive environments in the workplace should provide a sense of normalcy for organizations’ operations. According to Cowen Partners Executive Search, the benefits of establishing a diverse and inclusive workplace should be obvious, and they can include (but are not limited to):

“Sometimes, you have to determine the barriers to move forward prior to coming up with solutions, which is the case when organizations are determining ways on how to develop inclusive environments in the workplace,” said Linda Devonish-Mills, an advisor with Cowen Partners and author of the report.

“It is essential for senior leaders of organizations to recognize acts of exclusion that may exist in their workplaces, as they are the strongest barriers to inclusive environments in the workplace. There is a psychological component when analyzing some acts of exclusion, such as microaggressions and unconscious bias.” Ms. Devonish-Mills offers some suggestions.

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