As our population and our workforces are changing, it is important to embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusion in the workplace today – people from different backgrounds, different generations, different cultures figuring out how they are better together. We can look for ways to be inclusive and find the value in others’ unique perspectives and abilities. We can also consider how to adapt our approach to communication, return to work programs and accommodations in support of individual needs and preferences, as well as overall population trends.
I am pleased to be part of the diversity and inclusion discussion next week at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference. This session was created to increase awareness of the effects of population and demographic changes on the workplace and how these changes impact our workers’ compensation and disability strategies. One of the key tenets of the session is understanding that, for employees to be culturally competent, organizations must focus on:
- Uniqueness (diversity): The extent to which colleagues believe they are respected and valued for who they are
- Belonging (inclusion): The extent to which colleagues feel comfortable being their authentic selves
- Engagement (discretionary effort): The extent to which colleagues are committed to the organization and its goals
In our discussion, we will provide suggestions and show examples of how the largest employer in both the U.S. and the world is embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Not only will this informative, interactive session give all of us a good understanding of the changing workplace, it will empower us with ideas on how we can foster an environment where individuals can better understand, connect, and support one another.
I would value hearing your thoughts and suggestions. Please share now by sending your questions to us via the comments section or our Twitter account @Sedgwick, or bring ideas to the session on Wednesday, December 6, at 2:30 pm PST; we will try to address them during the discussion. This is such an important topic for our industry, and I am excited to learn from you and your organization. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information on the conference and how you can learn more from the presentation, whether in person or virtually.
Come join us, be engaged, and be prepared to embrace diversity and inclusion! We look forward to seeing you.
Azurely Kerr, SVP Absence Management, Sedgwick