On The Eleventh Day of Christmas My HR Gave to Me, Eleven Engaged Employees

December 22, 2020 | 3 minute read
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What’s better than the work you enjoy doing? How about work you enjoy doing with a team you feel a sense of belonging? 

The holiday season is all about the feeling of inclusion and belonging as we spend time with friends and family in the sharing of traditions or exchanging gifts. As we take in the holiday lights and break bread, there’s a sense of connection that brings us closer together. 

With more teams working virtually this year, that same feeling of holiday connection matters just as much in the workplace. While we may not think about it too much, over a third of our lives and a fourth of our week are spent working. Having a team that enjoys seeing each other every day makes tough projects more bearable and organizational successes more enjoyable and with a sense of pride. 

The Emergence of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity and Inclusion is the priority discussion for HR professionals today, especially as customer demographics and employee profiles become more diverse. 

Diversity is about recognizing the individual differences in the workforce and recognizing that that diversity fosters creativity and productivity, while inclusion is about taking the differences and providing tools to enable workers, managers, and HR to incorporate inclusion and belonging as part of every person’s journey with the organization. As a Harvard Business Review article from February 2017 states, “Diversity doesn’t stick without inclusion”.  Leaders are being asked what their plan for both diversity and inclusion is and how do the company will show its commitment. The answers require some exploration. 

Identifying diversity gaps are easy. It is measurable, easy to define and report on, and is mandated by local governments since most countries around the world have compliance requirements to support diversity in the workplace.  With this, diversity is about recognizing the individual differences in the workforce and recognizing that that diversity fosters creativity and productivity.  

Connections amongst workers enable more productivity and joy. This holiday season give the gift of belonging and strengthen your workforce for the year ahead.

Inclusion gaps, on the other hand, are not as easy to identify.  Inclusion is difficult to measure and is subjective.  How do you ensure your workforce has a sense of organizational belonging? As Verna Myers stated “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”   In the workplace – the party - diversity is not just about getting hired and being that token diverse candidate. Organizations need to cultivate an inclusive mindset as part of every experience – ask them to dance - to increase productivity and foster creativity to ensure that workers have a sense of belonging especially during this very disconnected time. These experiences include ensuring visibility and access no matter who you are or where you are located.

Every organization must identify the gap in their experience and implement the measures and tools to support inclusion as part of hiring, transferring, promoting, pay increases as well as any other experience a person has with the organization to ensure diversity is recognized and inclusion is part of every experience and relationship.

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Give the Gift of Belonging

Considering the state of affairs around the world and the pandemic, belonging and inclusion are needed and requested more than ever.  However, similar to organizations with workforce scenario plans pre-pandemic, those with inclusion plans before the pandemic was more successful in ensuring engagement during this pandemic.

Oracle Cloud HCM can help you.  Connections provide workers with visibility to all of the relationships in the organization as well as provide workers with the ability to find others to connect with. Transparency to opportunities is critical for growth and Opportunity Marketplace provides workers with that transparency. Workers can review opportunities that will support movement within the organization.  And we cannot ignore the importance of workers feeling connected to the organization and feel aligned with the organization’s social objective. Oracle Cloud Experience Design Studio provides the configurability to ensure that inclusive behavior is part of every personalized experience. Oracle Cloud Volunteering encourages your workers to volunteer, connect workers with similar interests, and contribute to a common social objective—satisfying the worker's personal growth and social contributions.

With so many opportunities to tell your workforce that they matter, why not implement the tools that will engage them now and into the new year? 

Learn More 

We are seeing so much progress being made across geographies and industries to ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce. Oracle Cloud HCM is ready today to support your diversity AND inclusion needs today.

For more information, please visit oracle.com/hcm.

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Nancy Estell Zoder

Nancy Estell Zoder is an experienced HCM professional with over 18 years experience implementing, designing, developing and defining strategy for Human Capital Management software applications. Her experience includes deep process and technology expertise spanning Strategic Workforce Planning, Global Human Resources, Business Intelligence, Security as well as Compliance including broad industry and country knowledge.

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