Why making time for an Inclusivi-Tea party at work is important
There are lots of good reasons to have an inclusive and diverse workplace. It helps us make better hiring decisions, attracts great candidates, stops group-think, results in increased creativity and faster problem solving. It should come as no surprise that inclusive and diverse organisations tend to have happy, productive employees that make their workplaces successful (Inclusive Employers, CIPD and Talent Lyft).
This is why we love the idea of Inclusivi-Teas. Inclusive Employers, an Inclusion and Diversity consultancy that runs National Inclusion Week, included it as part of their daily challenges. The purpose of the challenge is to give employees an opportunity to meet new people in their organisation or workplace, so they can make new connections and branch out from their circle of trust (A.K.A the same people they always talk to at work).
On Friday 27th September, we hosted our own Inclusivi-Tea party with the help of 3Space. During the Inclusivi-Tea party we met colleagues from organisations like South London Cares and Synergy Theatre Project to discuss non-work related topics (plants and how to keep them alive) and work related topics (Inclusive Theatre, Disability, Recruitment etc.).
The Inclusivi-Tea party not only gave us all a nice break from our desks (which everyone should do from time-to-time to perform their best at work), but we learned about an organisation called Diverse City, an award winning theatre company committed to diversity and equality in the arts. They partner with Cirque Bijou to run a circus company called Extraordinary Bodies, which aims to increase national awareness of the integration of D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled artists working equally together. This is kind of information sharing is valuable to us as a company that works in Assistive Technology because it lets us know about organisations that have disability inclusion at the top of their agenda.
We at How Do I? highly recommend hosting your own Inclusivi-Tea party because it could give your employees a productivity boost, strengthen morale at work and give people on your team a chance to share ideas outside of their department or working space. You never know what opportunities may come your way with a friendly “hello” and a cup of tea in your hand.
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