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Inclusion survey: Uncovering talent
Why inclusion matters in the workplace
The ideal of inclusion aims for a culture where individuals can be their authentic selves at work. However, most inclusion efforts have not addressed how organizational culture might be contributing to covering in the workplace. This inclusion survey aims to uncover talent by suggesting a new model of inclusion.
- The concept of covering
- Covering in the workplace
- The organizational impact of covering
- The Uncovering Talent model and the future of inclusion
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The ideal of inclusion has long been to allow individuals to bring their authentic selves to work. However, most inclusion efforts have not explicitly and rigorously addressed the pressure to conform that prevents individuals from realizing that ideal. This study hypothesizes that a model of inclusion analyzing that pressure might be beneficial to historically underrepresented groups. Indeed, given that everyone has an authentic self, a culture of greater authenticity might benefit all individuals, including the straight White men who have traditionally been left out of the inclusion paradigm. To test this theory, this research draws on the concept of “covering.”
Part 2: Covering in the workplace
The majority of our 3,000 respondents reported having engaged in covering in the workplace. While some groups reported incidents of covering more than others, covering was a common experience across the board.
Overall, they reported a perceived social expectations that involved managing aspects of their identity to fit into the mainstream. Individuals felt they had to manage their identities alongside their jobs.
Part 3: The organizational impact of covering
The commitment to diversity and inclusion is now an almost universally held value in corporate America. In the survey, 93 percent of respondents stated that their organizations articulated inclusion as a value. However, only 78 percent of respondents felt their organizations lived up to those values. That is to say, about one-quarter of respondents felt their organizations were not walking the talk.
As the workforce continues to evolve, it’s important to understand that covering can negatively affect an individuals’ sense of self and diminish their commitment to their organizations.
Part 4: The Uncovering Talent model and the future of inclusion
The Uncovering Talent model is designed to create “bridging capital” by understanding how and why someone may cover certain identities. In doing so, an organization may then begin to help people find common ground and develop a culture of authenticity.