Inclusion refers to how members of the workforce experience their work environment. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines an inclusive environment as one that offers affirmation, celebration and appreciation of different approaches, styles, perspectives and experiences. This inclusivity allows individuals to bring their whole selves into the workplace, and to freely demonstrate their strengths and capacities.
The LGBTQ+ community, for example, is underrepresented in the workforce, especially at the senior levels. As a result, many members of this group might feel they are unable to talk openly and comfortably about themselves and may be more likely to be on the receiving end of microaggressions.