Diversity + Inclusion
the dangers of mistaking diversity for inclusion in the workplace
Contrary to what some may assume, diversity doesn’t necessarily imply inclusion. In fact, the Harvard Business Review article “Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion” focuses on this distinction. The article asserts, “Part of the problem is that ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ are so often lumped together that they’re assumed to be the same thing. But that’s just not the case.”
For example, while adding women to the board or promoting more people of color might enhance diversity, it doesn’t necessarily change the culture of the organization or ensure that these underrepresented groups will feel fully included and valued. Davis uses the analogy, “Diversity speaks to who is on the team, but inclusion focuses on who is really in the game.”
How to be A Diversity, Equity + Inclusion leader: An Interview with Expert Jennifer Brown
"Companies often think they can’t talk about things, even when the country is left in shock such as the 2016 Pulse nightclub and recent El Paso shootings. It’s very distracting for employees when you’re dealing with any kind of traumatic news. During these times, many are waiting to see if it’s important enough to be acknowledged by leaders and to see how they deal with it, especially those communities who are directly affected.
I think addressing these tragedies as a company is sometimes necessary. It shows that you’re not denying them and are instead using them as an opportunity to show that your business has empathy and acknowledges a world where certain people are still targeted."
What is Diversity in the Workplace?
Diversity in the workplace means that a company employs a wide range of diverse individuals. In other words, a diverse workforce includes people with different characteristics.
Diversity in the workplace means that a company’s workforce includes people of varying gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, languages, education, abilities, etc.