Dear Employer: Inclusive Workplace Cultures Are Key to Retaining Talent, Research Shows

You might remember my post from a couple of months ago stating the benefits of a diverse workforce and here’s some more data to back it up.

When employees feel included at work, they are 28 percent more engaged and three times more likely to stay according to a study by the Limeade Institute. This research underscores the need for organizations to look beyond diversity hiring metrics – and toward building workplace cultures that foster inclusion.

“Hiring a diverse workforce is important, period. But people will leave if they don’t feel their unique perspectives and identities are valued,” said Dr. Laura Hamill, Chief Science Officer of the Limeade Institute and Chief People Officer at Limeade. “The key to inclusion is to make sure employees feel a real sense of belonging during the hundreds of interactions they have with colleagues every day. And to think about how these interactions make people feel known, welcomed and appreciated.”

Research reveals that inclusive workforces help people feel welcomed, known, valued and encouraged to bring their whole, unique selves to work. Specifically, when employees feel included, they are:

  • 28 percent more engaged at work
  • 3 times more likely to stay at their organization
  • 43 percent more committed to their organization
  • 51 percent more likely to recommend their company as a great place to work

The research also reveals that employees who feel included report 19 percent higher well-being. And while leader and manager behavior is important for perceptions of inclusion, peer interactions play a more significant role.

“You need commitment from every employee, every day to create a culture that feels inclusive. Unfortunately, this is where many well-intentioned companies lose their way,” added Dr. Hamill. “Our research shows that organizations can help every employee build more inclusive habits and mindsets. Fortunately, organizations have access to more research and tools than ever before to make work and life better.”

Limeade recently launched a new solution – Limeade Inclusion – which measures workplace inclusion, provides action-oriented game plans for employees, managers and leaders and drives meaningful action to improve the employee experience. 

To learn more about Limeade and how to foster inclusive workplaces at scale, visit

Press release from PRNewswire

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