01.02.2022 – 23:42


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The new Catalyst study identifies three norms that characterize inclusive teams and demonstrate innovation.

In a workplace that’s constantly changing amid the pandemic, it’s critical for team leaders and team members to act inclusively to advance gender equality and increase employee innovation and engagement, according to a new global study by catalyst.

The study Three Inclusive Team Norms That Drive Success surveyed 4,300 employees in countries around the world and presents data from 14 countries broken down by gender (and race or ethnicity where data is available). We have identified three specific inclusive team norms that improve key indicators of team success across a variety of populations and industries: encouraging diverse expressions, supporting a team-oriented atmosphere, and establishing fair team decision-making practices.

The Catalyst researchers Sheila Brassel, PhD, Tara Van Bommel, PhD and Kathrina Robotham, PhD concluded that these norms – defined as informal expectations that tell us what behavior we should and shouldn’t exhibit at work – promote team problem-solving, innovation and team spirit, and individual commitment and support general integration experience at work.

like dr Brassel explains, “We currently have a unique opportunity to transform workplaces to be more inclusive for people of all genders, races, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. A critical aspect of these workplaces of the future is to see the way teams function—not just how leaders and managers work, but how all team members interact with one another, while implementing the three inclusive team norms that our study draws attention to .”

The study empowers inclusive teams to nurture their differences while operating as a community by:

  1. Various forms of expression encouraged and supporting views that may conflict with the status quo and/or the team leader; who challenge either/or thinking; and who take the perspectives of all those involved into account when solving problems.
  2. A team-oriented atmosphere supports will link the team coaching goal to the performance appraisal; which recognizes that mistakes are inevitable and an important part of growth and learning; and which promotes and respects the qualities of each team member.
  3. Fair decision-making practices established within the team for which clear, written guidelines are developed; that accommodate equity by prioritizing fairness and consistency; and which enable transparent communication.

The report also notes that leaders and team members who form inclusive teams in hybrid work models should implement a “teleworker first” approach, that is, adopt policies and practices designed to better include colleagues who are in different locations or work at different times. This gives the team the opportunity to adopt communication practices and processes, including written records, to encourage better collaboration.

“Companies and teams that value inclusive team norms are in the best position to address workplace inequalities in the future of work,” he said Lorraine Hariton, President and CEO of Catalyst. “This data offers companies an opportunity to improve innovation, productivity and employee engagement.”

Learn more and download the study here down.

About Catalyst Catalyst is a global, not-for-profit organization powered by some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that are fit for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst drives change with outstanding thought leadership, actionable solutions and a motivated community of multinational companies to empower women and place them in leadership positions – because progress for women means progress for all.


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