Why a Culture of Belonging and Inclusion in the Workplace is Important

Dr. Colleen Batchelder
4 min readOct 31, 2022

Inclusion and belonging are two of the most important values a business can uphold. They create a sense of community and connection among employees, customers, and partners. And they send a clear message that everyone is welcome and valued.

But despite the importance of inclusion and belonging, too many businesses still struggle with how to make them a reality. This is especially true for LGBTQIA+ people. They continue to face discrimination and exclusion across the globe.

This must change. And it’ll mean more than just adding a rainbow flag to your website or throwing a company-sponsored Pride party. Real inclusion and belonging require a strategic commitment from businesses of all sizes.

Here are five reasons why inclusion and belonging must be a strategic priority for businesses:

1. It’s the right thing to do

Discrimination of any kind is wrong.

And that includes discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people.

Businesses not only have a responsibility to their employees, customers, and partners to create inclusive environments, but they also have a responsibility to…



Dr. Colleen Batchelder

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