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The American workplace is making more room for inclusivity of various kinds. According to 2023 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22.5% of people with a disability were employed, the highest recorded ratio since 2008. Additionally, African Americans, Asians, and Hispanic/Latino individuals made up 38.5% of the 2023 workforce. In a survey of almost 6,000 individuals by the Pew Research Center, 54% said their company paid the right amount of attention to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI). However, the remainder are divided on whether their employers are doing enough.

If your goal is to create a workplace of true inclusion, gaining insights from experts in corporate culture is an excellent place to start. In particular, ebooks are a portable way for busy leaders like you to gather perspectives and actionable tips for your team or organization. Here are a few titles to consider:

Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World

Successful DEI initiatives begin with community-based conversations, which is exactly what spurred the creation of this book, compiled by Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown. The Non-Obvious Beyond Diversity Summit in January 2021 inspired the woman in business bestseller Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World. Here, the insights and proposed solutions of over 200 widely respected experts in the disability community, healthcare sector, startup industry, and more are compiled in one groundbreaking volume. Covering twelve themes, including technology, retail, storytelling, education, and more, these experts outline actionable tips that leaders can implement to create a more inclusive world for all. Leaders who are members of the disabled community or have team members who can benefit from this interdisciplinary perspective on inclusion. This may help them discover how seemingly unrelated industries may face the same issues and how to handle them effectively and sensitively.

Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams

According to the APA 2023 Work in America survey, 30% of respondents said their workplace does not support them because of their identity, and 20% felt they don’t belong. As people-based DEI efforts grow, platforms should be created to accelerate diversity for succeeding generations, helping more people feel like they belong. Dr. Stefanie Johnson is known worldwide for her efforts in the platform, which does just that. Prior to this, she authored the WSJ bestseller Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams, where she outlines the concept of “Inclusifying,” or finding a happy middle between preserving individuality and creating workplace belonging. The book discusses the problematic strategies leaders default to, which make employees feel undermined and disengaged—and how to forge stronger relationships with highly diverse teams. Leaders who find this balance can foster a culture where creative ideas are valued without compromising collaboration and cooperativeness.

Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage

A CultureWizard survey of employees from 90 countries found that 89% of remote teams represented at least two cultures. But with workplaces becoming more diverse, cultural differences present a unique challenge. Stereotypes surrounding certain cultures can be negative or even hostile, breaking down workplace communication. A Jobsite report found that 8% of non-native workers leave their jobs because of a culture clash. To help mentors bridge these gaps and prevent the loss of valued team members, Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring is a guide by Lisa Z. Fain and Lois J. Zachary that presents timely and evidence-based solutions for enhanced cultural competency. Based on Zachary’s four-part mentoring model, the book uses easy-to-follow fictional scenarios that show how different strategies and concepts might happen in real life. Learning how to leverage cultural differences is vital; according to the Executive Director of MIT Professional Education, this is because different cultures approach and solve problems differently. This creates more avenues for innovation.

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You

In our previous post entitled “What Does ‘Neurotypical’ Mean?”, we highlighted the importance of understanding and embracing neurodiversity as an invaluable step in achieving personal and professional equity for people all across the spectrum. Women are particularly vulnerable to their neurodivergence being misdiagnosed due to a flawed system that focuses on young male populations. This misidentification may lead to anxiety, shame, and depression, which greatly affects workplace outcomes. To turn the narrative towards the women themselves, Divergent Mind, written by Harvard and Berkeley-educated writer Jenara Nerenberg, focuses on the individual stories of neurodivergent women. Here, women with ADHD, autism, synesthesia, sensory processing disorder, and more share their experiences. This gives leaders a unique look at the challenges these women might face at work. This may also help managers create practical changes in communication, design workplace surroundings, and learn how workplaces can better support divergent minds.

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