Creating an inclusive environment is important in any workplace setting, including within the non-profit sector. StepUp BC, a non-profit organization in British Columbia, Canada, developed a toolkit for inclusive workplaces specifically for the non-profit sector, called Create an Inclusive Workplace.
An inclusive setting is one “where all differences brought to the workplace are recognized, where collaboration is encouraged and where people feel valued for their contribution.” These principles must be applied to all aspects of the workplace—hiring, performance management, schedules, workplace culture, leadership choices and so on.
The toolkit begins with a link to a four-minute video and instructs users to then answer a set of questions that reflect on the nature of practices in the work setting. Following this is a set of principles to help organizations envision an inclusive workplace, for example, “Unnecessary hierarchies and occupational segregation, where groups of employees are congregated into certain areas, are discouraged.”
The next section provides an example of a non-profit workplace that won an award for inclusive environment. This is followed by several sections that help organizations identify the steps needed to become a more inclusive workplace. These include sections on overcoming personal biases, examining micro-inequities, adapting your working style, leading an inclusive workplace, developing inclusive policies, recruitment and hiring, and so on.
There are examples and opportunities to reflect throughout the toolkit, as well as worksheets to adapt the lessons to the reader’s workplace.
To access the toolkit and learn more about the suggestions included in it, click here.