Why Work Climates Matter More Than You Think

Think about a time when you didn’t receive the recognition you felt you deserved, or when you hadn’t been heard on a particular issue. How productive were you? Did you still feel connected to your team, or did you withdraw?

Now recall an instance when your colleagues celebrated your newly published paper or used your suggestion for a project. How engaged did you feel?

Odds are yours answers vary. That’s because inclusion has a powerful, positive impact on individual productivity, team collaboration, and department stability. Your personal research — and science and society more broadly — also benefit when your work climate celebrates diversity and fully utilizes the skills, talents, and perspectives of all faculty.

Learn about what makes an inclusive work environment in the Creating a Favorable Work Climate course, created by SfN’s Increasing Women in Neuroscience (IWiN) project with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In 18 short videos (most under two minutes) professors, chairs, a dean, and a former NSF leader provide helpful tips when answering:

  • How does improving the climate increase faculty and student productivity?
  • How can you support the career advancement of science faculty?
  • How can you recognize accomplishments in departments?
  • How can you establish the importance of a supportive and inclusive institution among all stakeholders?
  • What steps are needed to improve departmental stability?
  • What are examples of success stories?
  • What are lessons learned from initiatives to increase inclusivity?

Don’t miss out on these resources! Visit the Creating a Favorable Work Climate course.

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