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4 Essential Elements of Workplace Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts are often focused on recruitment, retention, and compensation. While those are essential parts of building a diverse and sustainable organizational culture, the concept of inclusion is often an afterthought, rolled into the broader DE&I landscape. However, when it comes to long-term company culture, inclusion is huge—and complex.

Inclusion is about ensuring everyone is valued within the organization. It’s not just about feeling included or about welcoming differences, but true inclusion enables employees to speak out, feel valued, and make significant contributions to the future of the organization.

Workplace culture consultancy Kincentric conducted a global study of 5,000 employees—at the individual contributor, manager, and senior leader levels—to get a better picture of what inclusion involves, how employees currently experience inclusion, outcomes, and key drivers.