Disrupt Traditional Office Arrangements & Inspire an Inclusive Workforce

Over the past century, the workplace has evolved in significant ways. Leading employers offer more open and inclusive cultures, empowering people of diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ stakeholders, to participate in all aspects of the workplace ecosystem. Additionally, the most competitive employers understand how valuable inclusive workplace cultures are to the bottom line.

Unfortunately, what hasn’t changed for many workplaces is the physical nature of the office – it’s often overlooked as a source for building inclusive environments where teams can thrive. As a result, most offices lack inspiration, and visible signs that amplify leadership's commitment to inclusion. Employee engagement surveys have found that the traditional arranagment of work and communal spaces does little, if anything, to inspire innovation, promote inclusivity, and build stronger teams.

Given this pain point, experts have a wide variety of solutions to reimagine traditional office environments that can help drive innovation, cross-cultural collaboration, and a spirit of inclusion. For starters, it’s helpful to think about the color of your office environment. Some colors like greens and blues are good for creating a calming mood, others like different shades of red are good for encouraging excitement, while others like yellows and oranges stimulate energy. If you can find ways to incorporate those hues into work spaces, and within your brand's logo, you’ll help up the inspiration ante in your office.

What else can you do to drive innovation, inclusion, and stronger teams? This graphic can offer some help, and if you’re seeking more guidance on how to communicate why creating more inspirational and inclusive workplaces is essential for the future of your business, register for the next RPC free webinar on the topic by clicking here.

Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ and social justice public policy matters, with two decades of leadership experience innovating strategy management, policy and program solutions for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. At his core, Rhodes is an entrepreneur, where he most recently established Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, a national diversity and inclusion consulting firm that uses an intersectional approach to collaborate with leaders on creating solutions in the practice areas of strategy management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and prior to this assignment he served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National where he led the policy strategy and advocacy efforts for the organization’s 350 chapters. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget, where he improved upon federal benefit programs designed to provide assistance to low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University.