According to today’s Washington Post article, that is exactly where our HR departments are headed. The authors report that the emphasis on belonging grew out of a natural progression from looking at what was working and not working in diversity and inclusion programs. Belonging in the workplace is quickly becoming HR's next hot topic - although not everyone is quite certain how to implement it yet.
For its proponents, using the word ‘belonging’ is intended to bring in an emotional element of diversity and inclusion, rather than just focusing on bottom line numbers or who is in the room. As subsequent generations of students continue to rise into the ranks of companies (and law firms), they are looking for a sense of community and social connection. Belonging is the word that feels right.
Have you seen an emphasis on belonging in your firm conversations yet? Let us know in the comments below!