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Workplaces in California examine how inclusion and diversity improve productivity and morale. Recognizing workers’ contributions inspires people to demonstrate their best work and desire to help their company and careers to grow.

Many companies are rich in diversity, and increasing inclusion adds value to employees by allowing cultural differences to be part of their employment practices. Examples of inclusivity contain ideas for creating different dynamic teams for work projects. Some cultures offer value because of their attention to detail and style, while others are more structured, which improves time management.

Diversity is the “what” in the workplace, while inclusion is the “how.” Examining how each concept affects team effort reflects areas of opportunity and targets success.

Focus on diversity

Diversity includes every workplace member regardless of nationality, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and family structures. Everyone is a valuable component of the company’s success.

Diversity and inclusion are distinctly different. Diversity measures the number of a specific segment of the workplace population, such as:

• How many women work or hold senior management positions?

• How many different religious groups make up the company’s staff?

• How many company events celebrate diverse, ethnic, or cultural family structures?

Inclusive hiring practices that welcome diverse backgrounds and perspectives attract a broader and more talented candidate pool.

Focus on Inclusion

Although most businesses are accustomed to workplace diversity, inclusivity offers growth opportunities. Diversity and inclusion work well in companies that hire people with various traits and characteristics. The following list shows the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce:

• Increased confidence

• Increased engagement

• Increased creativity

• Ideal workplace

• Greater talent pool

Companies that value diversity and inclusion provide greater profitability to their employees, management, and shareholders. The evidence shows that employees value being treated with dignity and respect.

Workers employed at the same California businesses don’t always agree. As a result, there are times when a workplace conflict might arise that can have an adverse effect on your company. Mediation is often a good way to resolve those issues.

Why mediation is used

Mediation is considered an alternative, fair means of resolving a conflict. When a dispute occurs in the workplace, the best way to help the parties involved come to an agreement is to have an impartial third party meet with them to discuss the problem. The purpose of workplace mediation is to resolve the conflict so that everyone can move forward positively.

The mediation process

When a formal process is used to settle workplace disputes, it can be costly and too time-consuming. Mediation is a better option that is faster, easier and cost-efficient. It’s also a good way to allow the employees involved in the dispute to get a sense of empowerment because each party’s voice is heard during the process.

Prior to mediation, you or someone else in upper management should meet with each person separately to discuss their side of the situation. Afterward, you should meet with both while remaining neutral and hearing each party’s side. Avoid taking sides but try to negotiate ways that each person can understand the other’s point of view. There must be a middle ground met to resolve the issue.

After the negotiation is done and compromises have been made, you should be able to reach a conclusion to the dispute. You’ll want to take notes so that a formal written agreement can be created. As an optional part of the mediation process, each party could be presented with a copy of the agreement and signed it. However, mediation is meant to be an informal process, so you might not want to press the issue.

Mediation often helps resolves issues and make things easier in the workplace.