As a hiring manager, imagine someone presented you with a tool that could improve employee retention by 27%, boost productivity by 12%, reduce sick days by 75%, and cut down safety incidents by 40%. It's safe to say that you'd be interested!

Even if you're not an HR professional, it's easy to see how these kinds of double-digit improvements could have a significant positive impact on the bottom line and overall morale. So, what is this magical employment tool?

It's belonging.

According to Gallup, if managers increase the number of employees who feel their opinions matter, they could achieve these gains and more. It's about creating a culture where everyone's differences and contributions are genuinely appreciated. That's what THCF is striving for with our employees and our volunteer leadership.

In the workplace, diversity encompasses the range of similarities and differences everyone brings to the table. This includes national origin, race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and mental and physical ability, among others. Equity is about ensuring fair treatment, access, and advancement for each person in an organization. Inclusion in the workplace means that employees feel welcomed and valued by the people and environment around them for who they are. Finally, belonging means that employees actively want to bring their true selves to work because they know it will be celebrated and admired.

Each aspect of DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) is important, and we understand that these four pillars work together as one cohesive strategy. If one falls, they will all come crashing down. THCF is actively working to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable business where everyone, staff, volunteers, donors, and community members, feel like they belong.

Fostering a culture of belonging isn't just the right thing to do; it's also a smart business strategy. By prioritizing DEIB, THCF will be a stronger organization and make a bigger impact in our community. It's up to business leaders to recognize the importance of these pillars and work towards creating an environment where everyone feels welcomed and valued for who they are. Together, we can create a more equitable and inclusive place right here in Eastern Jackson County.

DEI = Belonging