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The “Why” Behind Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
Diversity in the workplace provides major benefits to any organization. Diversity refers to various factors including, but not limited to: gender, age, race, cultural background, religion and education. The greater the mix of people in your organization, the broader the range of skills, experiences, perspectives and ideas you and your team can draw on. It’s no wonder diversity is linked to increased motivation and performance. Think of the elevated creativity and problem-solving diversity can bring. Consider the culture and community diversity can foster. However, it is important to note that simply having diversity and engaging in equality is not enough. The benefits of diversity and equality are fully realized only when inclusion is embedded in the workplace.
Inclusion means more than putting a policy in place. It does not automatically stem from diversity, but instead requires intentional design and daily practice. Inclusion in the workplace means all team members are treated fairly and met with mutual respect. Everyone has equal access to opportunities and resources. Each person plays a role in the organization’s mission and is a contributing member to the organization’s success.
Let’s get there together.