Employee Retention: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Making diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace a priority not only gives positive feelings toward your business, but it’s also a vital component of employee and customer happiness and retention.

A 2021 study found that 76% of Gen Z and 72% of Millennials believe that brands should address diversity and inclusion. Further, a recent survey conducted by Monster found 83% of Gen Z candidates said that a company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is important when choosing an employer.

Creating an inclusive work environment is not only important to attract Gen Y and Gen Z, but it will help them be more productive and happier in the workplace. In fact, a 2018 Deloitte Review said that “Organizations with inclusive cultures are 8x more likely to achieve better business outcomes.”

According to a 2021 Forbes article, Why Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Is The Need Of The Hour, the pandemic further shifted towards the demand for open discussion about DE&I requirements in the workplace. “The way we work and live has changed. This requires an organization to adapt by engaging its staff in discussion on how the change can be successfully incorporated as a hybrid work model starts getting more traction.”

When thinking about DE&I we often think about different cultures, gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, etc. But we don’t often think about introverts versus extroverts or someone who considers themselves neurodiverse or on the spectrum. How important is it to be inclusive of neurodiverse brains in the workplace?

The open offices of yesterday are no longer fitting the bill when it comes to designing inclusive workspaces. Design experts are now creating different kinds of spaces in an environment that can be used in multiple ways or rearranged to fit specific needs. This is why Nook was created in the first place, to help anyone collaborate, focus, relax, recharge – helping them be their best selves in these empowering sanctuaries.

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