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How to create inclusion and belonging, according to a first-generation Harvard expert

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🗞️ Driving the news: Public health officials advocate for inclusive workplace cultures to address the well-being needs for social support and belonging, particularly emphasizing the inclusion of first-generation Americans
• With the U.S. foreign-born population expected to almost double by 2065, addressing their unique challenges is crucial for creating a supportive work environment

🔭 The context: First-generation immigrants, facing common issues like trauma and stress, often find themselves excluded from the belonging conversation in workplaces
• A report by Headspace highlights the negative impacts of work stress on mental, physical, and social health, underscoring the need for inclusive cultures

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Cultivating an inclusive workplace not only supports individual well-being but also enhances organizational resilience and innovation
• By acknowledging and addressing the unique challenges faced by first-generation professionals, companies can unlock a wealth of talent and perspective critical for navigating today's global challenges

⏭️ What's next: Gorick Ng, a career adviser at Harvard University, outlines several steps for creating greater belonging and inclusion
• These include acknowledging the unique challenges first-generation American professionals face, such as a lack of knowledge of unspoken corporate rules, mentorship, and confidence

💬 One quote: "Early career talent development is a big overlooked opportunity," highlighting the critical need for organizations to invest in the development and inclusion of entry-level employees from diverse backgrounds to build a leadership bench reflective of society's diversity.

📈 One stat: The foreign-born population in the U.S. was 44.8 million, or 13.7% of the total population, in 2018, demonstrating the significant presence and contribution of immigrants to the U.S. workforce.

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