The most successful organizations in the world recognize that diversity and inclusion spur innovation, increase productivity, and create a healthy, respectful workplace. (Photo: Shutterstock)

For most people, a dream job’s features include the ability to be appreciated for one’s contributions, a feeling of belonging and trust, and the opportunity to be one’s authentic self without judgment. For too many people, this dream is difficult to attain and the results can significantly impede personal fulfillment. And there are also downsides for an employer – a less energized and committed workforce.

Organizations today recognize the importance of building an inclusive workplace culture that removes barriers for those that are under-represented and marginalized. But many employees remain skeptical about attempts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). According to Buck’s 2022 Wellbeing and Voluntary Benefits Survey, more than a third of the employees surveyed feel their companies are not committed to DEI – perhaps an indication that company efforts to date are not always perceived as genuine.

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