The Culture of Equality in the Workplace
sumbitted by Colleen Brannan, Branstorm PR
Presented by Caroline Dudley, Managing Director of North American Recruiting for Accenture, our May virtual luncheon was based on recent Accenture research, The Hidden Value of Culture Makers. During this one-hour interactive Zoom session, Caroline kept a group of CREW Charlotte members engaged by making participants apply study findings to their own beliefs and company cultures.
According to the study, the majority of leaders surveyed (68%) believe an inclusive workplace environment/culture is vital to the success of their business but just 21% say it’s a priority (76% cited financial performance.) Interestingly, two thirds of leaders (68%) feel they create empowering environments in which employees can be themselves; raise concerns and innovate without fear of failure. However, just one third of employees agreed.
While it seems we have a long way to go on culture as a priority, Caroline said we can all do our part to create a culture of equality no matter what your role is in the organization. Some suggestions included:
- incorporate culture into personal goal setting for yourself and those you manage
- create employee incentives related to culture to celebrate culture makers in your company
- remember cultures of equality extend outside the workplace to our roles in the nonprofit community and professional organizations like CREW.
When culture makers lead, organizations grow twice as fast. Here’s the Culture Makers video to get the conversation started at your company.