Fifty-Seven percent of existing employees think their employer should do more to diversify its workforce. How does your workplace stack up?
Many people want to do business or work for companies that embrace diversity. High
levels of workplace diversity have been found to have several positive effects such as
reduced poverty rates, increased gross domestic product and improved governance.
In fact, 85 percent of companies polled for a report commissioned by Forbes strongly
agreed that diversity is a key driver of innovation.
When your organization incorporates the tapestry of differences, it builds stronger
bonds with internal and external communities.
HOW DIVERSE IS DIVERSITY?
It’s crucial to recognize that diversity is
not a matter of groups, but more individual differences. Everyone is unique,
and when qualities are automatically attributed to those who have a certain trait
in common with others, difficulties arise.
Diversity comes down to the individual,
not group affiliation. It’s not skin color,
not the religion people do or do not practice, not their country of origin—true
diversity is in the way people think and
the way people behave. While a group of
people can share similar characteristics,
there will also be differences—and that’s
one reason diversity can have conflicts.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
—GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON
Vive La Différence!
Creating an Orchestra of Diversity
to Make Business Ring
By Natalie D. Brecher, CPM
This is an excerpt
taken from the IREM
white paper, Diversity
in the Workplace,