Creating Collaborative Teams

February 24, 2019 0 Comments

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt, PhD

Nowadays it is common to hear the words diversity, inclusion, acceptance and many more get thrown around in every day conversations and articles. However, in reality how many companies out there actually encourage and promote inclusion in their business environment? The importance of inclusion and reverence in a team is manifold and profound. Without it there would be no bonding between employees and also between the employer and his workforce: progress would decrease, targets would be harder to meet and overall efficiency will fall. Thus, today’s article discusses the significance of reverence and inclusion in the workplace and how it can lead to a more collaborative team.

An inclusive workplace attracts better employees:

Prospective employees carefully research about a company such as its reputation, environment and values before joining up. Therefore the inclusiveness of a company plays a big factor on their ability to attract and hire new, talented minds into their workforce. Creating an inclusive environment will benefit the business in the future.

Focusing on inclusivity results in a fairer hiring process:

Once you have made up your mind to make your workplace more inclusive, gradually things will come to light which you may have never seen before. Take your hiring process for instance. Are minorities or ethnically diverse groups somehow being factored out of the recruitment? If yes, then something is most likely going wrong and the process should be analyzed again. A recruitment process should never judge an employee based on their culture or identity; it needs to focus on the talent of the individual and what he or she can bring to the table. Introducing inclusiveness can thus have a radical change upon everything a company is a part of.

Inclusiveness makes for a welcoming workplace:

It’s true – inclusiveness truly does change the atmosphere of an office. Take for example you are a new employee, and have recently moved into the country new as well. You’re from Japan and you just moved to the U.K. Wouldn’t it be nice to come to work with a bunch of cheerful, merry colleagues smiling and being nice to you? I’m sure it would. You could even try impressing your new co-workers with sushi (something they may probably never have tried before, and have no idea how much they’ll enjoy) and thus make new friends along the way. Making employees feel included and an equal part of the team can greatly affect their thought pattern.

Innovation will arise:

An inclusive workplace leads to more diverse employees, and greater diversity leads to… innovation! New ideas are generated from people who may have had entirely different experiences in their life compared to the locals who were brought up in the same country. Once you’ve hired enough talented people from home and abroad, you shall soon see the chart papers becoming full of plans and doodles.

A collaborative team is a team that will get things done faster and more efficiently. Be sure to sow inclusion amongst your employees and behold as the productivity soars.

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Dr. Paul Gerhardt is a tenured professor of management. He is a diversity and leadership well-respected and trusted trainer who helps organizations get amazing returns on investment. Dr. Gerhardt is the author of several publications available on, including Diversity at WorkThe Diversity KingLeadership Lucy and the new upcoming Leadership Handbook. Consider inviting Dr. Paul Gerhardt to do customized leadership or diversity training at your organization. Most organizations find that diversity and leadership training by the right trainer yields a significant instant return on investment. You can get your FREE COPY of the Leadership Handbook by clicking this link:


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