Cultures of Inclusivity, Support, and Teamwork

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Cultures of Inclusivity, Support, and Teamwork

By Lisa Black

These aren’t the 9-5s Dolly Parton sang about; today’s workplaces increasingly recognize the importance of creating environments that prioritize inclusivity, support, and teamwork. Their employees are quick to recognize these efforts as well; when Top Workplaces asks employees to list three words that describe their organization’s culture, terms centered around those themes are among the most frequently mentioned traits.

Culture of inclusivity

Inclusivity: A cornerstone of supporting your team

One of the cornerstones of a Top Workplace is its commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Employees repeatedly emphasize how their organizations go beyond mere rhetoric and actively foster an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and heard. From embracing a variety of perspectives to implementing inclusive hiring practices, these workplaces prioritize diversity at all levels.

Support: Encouraging your best self

A sense of support, care, and warmth is crucial for creating a workplace that feels like a safe place to bring your best self. Top Workplaces prioritize the well-being of their employees, offering robust support systems and resources for personal and professional development. Employees often mention feeling cared for by their colleagues and leadership alike, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose.

Teamwork: A community in your workplace

The power of collaboration cannot be overstated in Top Workplaces. Employees consistently highlight the emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, where individuals are encouraged to contribute their unique skills to collective goals. These organizations actively encourage friendly interactions, promoting open communication and a sense of belonging. The notion of being part of a work “family” is a recurring theme, emphasizing the deep connections formed beyond professional duties. This spirit of collaboration enhances productivity and fosters a sense of shared achievement.

In addition to fostering workplaces that encourage employees to bring their best selves and be there for each other, positivity and flexibility are also common descriptors of Top Workplaces. Positivity is contagious, and Top Workplaces thrive on creating environments that exude optimism and enjoyment. Employees often express how their workplaces prioritize a positive atmosphere, making the workday more enjoyable. Flexibility is also a common thread in where employees work and how they get the work done. Organizations recognize the importance of work-life balance and offer options that allow employees to decide how they get their work done.

Employees’ descriptions of their Top Workplaces paint a vivid picture of organizational cultures that prioritize inclusivity, support, and teamwork. As more companies strive to emulate these characteristics, the future of work promises to be a more inclusive, supportive, and fulfilling landscape for employees across all types of work.

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