Diversity refers to the existence of variations in characteristics within a given setting. These characteristics on an individual level can be cognitive skills and personality traits, etc. On a much broader level, they could be the things that shape our identity- race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation & cultural background, etc.
Inclusion, on a much simpler level, can be described as an all-embracing societal ideology. It’s a practice to ensure that different characteristics feel a sense of belonging and support from the group.
However, determining “Diversity” in a workplace is not as simple as it might sound. This is mainly because diversity in itself is a broad term that incorporates all of the elements that make individuals unique from one another. However, most of us subconsciously take only a few social categories such as gender, race, age, etc. into account while defining Diversity.
Further, it has been proven that Diverse and inclusive companies drive innovative results. So even if this shaping up of diversity and inclusion programs and policies of your organization gets challenging, it is way rewarding.
She further adds “It’s also the fact that companies that lack diversity are being called out publicly, and may even be losing business, not to mention falling behind when it comes to recruiting. Even Google is starting to show signs that their lack of diversity is affecting them.”
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