How Can We Create Inclusion and Belonging in Virtual Teams (live)
At the current time of full-time remote working and physical distancing, many of us crave human connection and belonging at a new level. Diversity and inclusion research shows that while there has been a lot of focus in past years on increasing diversity in our workplaces, what really makes a difference is inclusion: i.e. whether these environments help us feel that we belong. In this session, we will discuss how to increase inclusion and belonging in virtual teams and what are common challenges to think about that are specific to a virtual context. The first part of the session will be a presentation and the second part an interactive debriefing of audience experiences and questions.
I imagine a world where anyone, whatever their color, gender, race, or personality, can be their best authentic selves – at home and work – it doesn’t matter where they are. The citizens of tomorrow will have plentiful access to opportunities for learning and contribution. Everyone will have supportive role models and mentors to realize their dreams; they won’t have to pretend to be anyone different than themselves at work.
The truth is, we still have to work hard to achieve this dream. Despite growing up in an ex-Soviet state and having chosen a tech career, I had the luck of finding the right supportive mentors at the right time. Now, it is on us to help others, who need us to be more visible, advocate possibility, and offer support when needed.
I advise and coach leaders and managers in Tech, governments, and nonprofits undergoing digitization. We rethink and redesign organizational processes and practices to create a genuinely people-centered, inclusive workplace.
I invite you to start living this vision via everyday actions – to welcome all forms of diversity in, to encourage psychological safety, and to be out there, speaking about your story.