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Workplace diversity is a common topic of conversation amongst employers, hiring managers and recruitment professionals. But diversity and inclusion in the workplace isn’t just a hiring fad; and over the years it has become less a case of simply factoring in age, gender and race, and more about hiring a wider range of people to add value to businesses. Increasingly, business leaders are seeing that encouraging diversity in the workplace has several tangible benefits, for the company and for its employees.
In the following article, we look into the meaning of diversity & inclusion, the importance of diversity in the workplace; as well as the competitive edge it can give your business; in terms of graduate recruitment and beyond.
Most people understand the general definition of equality and diversity; but what do these mean within the context of the workplace?
Put very simply, diversity in the workplace means that a company hires a wide range of diverse individuals; in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, language, educational / cultural background, and so on.
But in 2019, workplace diversity doesn’t just extend to hiring diverse individuals, but also making sure that the participation of these employees is equal. Given that a study by The University of Michigan found that people hired for ‘diversity purposes’ were sometimes seen as less qualified, employers have increasingly recognised that symbolically hiring a diverse range of people just isn’t enough.
In recent years, the topic of diversity & inclusion in the workplace has extended to ensuring that companies increasing the participation, performance and compensation of minorities, not just symbolic hiring in order to ‘tick a box’. More importantly, companies have recognised the huge value that hiring a diverse range of individuals and personalities can add for their business.
Diversity & inclusion are a vital part of workplace culture. Not only are they important for the wellbeing of a company’s employees, but will also benefit the business itself. Below are two lists, detailing the benefits of workplace diversity for employees and employers.
Still not convinced of the importance of diversity in the workplace? Here are some key statistics that indicate the value of diversity and inclusion.
Companies across the board are taking steps to create an equality and diversity strategy. Some of the best examples of diversity & inclusion in the workplace are:
If your company has found ways to successfully encourage and implement workplace diversity, please let us know about them by contacting email@example.com.
Companies across a range of industries are embracing a more diverse workforce; but with these benefits also come some key obstacles to overcome. Below are 3 common challenges of diversity in the workplace – and some potential solutions to these problems.
There are challenges employers face when it comes to D&I in the workplace, but they are not impossible for companies of any size to overcome. Here are some common solutions for diversity challenges in the workplace:
Diversity in the workplace is a necessity for all businesses; with benefits for both employers and employees. Join the conversation – get in touch today!
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