What’s the difference between inclusion and diversity in the workplace?
While these words are often used interchangeably, they refer to very different concepts.
Diversity is something that can be counted; it is a measurement of the differences between people. You can tally the percentage of employees from any given demographic group. You can set diversity targets and know precisely when those are achieved.
But the Best Workplaces have moved beyond diversity. Simply hitting a numerical target is insufficient; inclusion about what you do next. It is the deliberate act of creating a great workplace FOR ALL individuals, regardless of who they are or what they do for the organization.
Through recruitment efforts and good hiring practices, you may hit those diversity targets. But without the intentional act of inclusivity, all those people you brought in through the front door will slip straight out the back. As employers, it’s our job to cultivate an experience of the workplace where everyone feels valued, respected and supported.
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