The Value of Inclusivity in the Wellness Space

The wellness industry has a bad habit of not including everyone. When you think of the wellness movement, you might think of a skinny, wealthy, non-disabled white woman. Wellness isn't just for people who fit into one box — it's an industry everyone should feel welcome. Inclusivity in the wellness space can encourage others to take care of themselves because people like them are doing it. When businesses show that they're an inclusive place, people can feel more welcome to go there or spend their money in that space.

What Is Inclusivity?

Inclusivity is as simple as it sounds: including everyone and ensuring they feel represented in the place they work or attend. As easy as it is to understand, many companies don't promote inclusivity. They'll be run by people with the same perspective who have yet to learn how to include people different from them or really speak to them on a knowledgeable level.

An inclusive place values all perspectives, especially since they can shed light on a new solution or point of view others haven't considered. By maintaining an inclusive space, businesses can ensure that they receive a variety of opinions before making a decision. Having all these opinions might help them from making a business mistake or might just lead to booming, long-term success.

The Value of Inclusivity in the Wellness SpaceInclusivity has been proven to help people feel more welcome. With inclusivity in schools, children with disabilities can build their social skills and feel included because spaces were created with them in mind. Inclusivity in business shows customers that something was made for them by someone like them. By promoting inclusivity, wellness spaces will reap several positive benefits, like more people giving them business or feeling safer in their space.

How Can Wellness Be More Inclusive?

Luckily, wellness is an industry that promotes taking care of yourself, and that sentiment doesn't need to be put in a box. The wellness industry could be the most inclusive if they made efforts to help people understand that wellness is for everyone, not just one targeted demographic. Companies should make a push to demonstrate that their spaces are more inclusive and can benefit several people.

1. Evaluate Current Endeavors

The first step for wellness spaces is to examine their current inclusivity efforts. How many people on the decision-making team look alike or have the same background? How has the space made people feel welcome in the past, including by how the staff treats them or what holidays they decorate for? Once a business knows its current endeavors, it'll know where to start making adjustments.

2. Diverse Staff Members

Wellness spaces should aim to include as many different perspectives as they can. Since wellness focuses on self, everyone should feel represented when walking into a safe place meant for growth. Companies that prioritize giving everyone a voice are the companies that succeed above others. By including diversity, these companies receive several different points of view and show that they're a welcoming environment for everyone. They also enjoy great success as they widen their audience by showing they practice what they preach in inclusivity.

3. Use Inclusivity as a KPI

After a business changes its goals regarding inclusivity, it should make inclusivity a key performance indicator (KPI). Staff members should reach out to everyone who walks through the door and make them feel welcome. From there, they can notice who is participating and socializing and who tends to hang back or even not revisit the space. The guests and customers who walk through the business's doors can tell the staff a lot about who feels welcome.

4. Eliminate the Concept of Target Clients

The Value of Inclusivity in the Wellness SpaceToo many times, a wellness space might use the “target client demographic” to deny inclusivity to would-be customers or clients. While this practice might not directly hurt someone, it can hurt their feelings and discourage them from searching for spaces they belong in. Because of the wrongs of one wellness space, people might not want to continue their journey in the wellness sphere.

To rectify this wrongdoing, wellness spaces can market themselves as a place for everyone, regardless of identity. They may have to change certain aspects of their advertisement targeting or classes, but it would be worth it to show everyone that they're accepted in a space. For example, rather than advertising something only for one body type, a wellness space could tailor classes to individual body types and offer more variance in its purchasable plans.

5. Celebrate All Holidays

The holidays and special occasions businesses celebrate can tell their clientele a lot about them. Putting more emphasis on one holiday over the others doesn't exactly scream inclusion. When a company wants to be inclusive, it might add worldwide holidays to its company calendar or offer floating holidays, which will allow employees to choose what days they celebrate and take those days off appropriately.

It can benefit the clients who walk through a wellness space's doors, too. Many people might feel more comfortable if they see a wellness space putting out educational material for Black History Month or celebrating Pride Month, for example.

Aim for Inclusivity in All Spaces

Your money goes a long way. Wellness spaces that aren't willing to conform to inclusivity might not fare as well as spaces that go out of their way to make everyone feel welcomed and included. Use your money and the power of your word to support the spaces that care enough to include everyone.

Eventually, other wellness spaces should come around and strive to become a place where everyone can feel accepted. You might not be able to change everyone's minds, but with your words and advocacy, you might spark a thought that leads to a big difference in the wellness spaces around you.

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About Josh Trent

Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, and a cat named Cleo. He is the Founder of Wellness Force Media, host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath & Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 19+ years as a trainer, researcher, and facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. The Wellness Force Media Mission is to help humans heal mental, emotional, and physical health through podcasts, programs, and a global community that believes in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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