Exchange & Support

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Best Practices

Personal exchange in a protected setting provides a valuable resource for so-called “social minorities” and shows them that they are not alone in the organization. The positive effect of social support for employees’ well-being can increase their productivity and creativity, including in research & development projects. Building social networks for specific diversity and interest groups reduces “silo thinking” within departments and the organization’s associated division-based social isolation. At the same time, the contacts and social connections that develop across the organization provide the basis for new ideas, synergies, and innovations. Through their participation in open networks, so-called “allies” can also express their solidarity and help inclusion measures have a more significant impact.