What is the Diversity & Inclusion?
Generally, diversity refers to the similarities and differences between individuals accounting for all aspects of one’s personality and individual identity. Some of the dimensions of diversity are age, color, disability, family status, gender, generation, language, life experiences, organization function and level, physical characteristics, race, religion etc. Diversity provides the potential for greater innovation and creativity.
Inclusion describes the extent to which each person in an organization feels welcomed, respected, supported and valued as a team member. Inclusion is a two-way accountability exchange; each person must grant and accept inclusion from others. In such an environment, every employee tends to feel more engaged and is more likely to contribute toward the organization’s business results. This type of environment requires people from diverse backgrounds to communicate and work together and understand each other’s needs and perspectives. Inclusion is what enables organizations to realize the business benefits of diversity.
- To facilitate the potential for greater innovation and creativity.
- To generate different types of experiences and ideas (avoiding stereotypes).
- To promote equal opportunities which can increase the number of job applicants.
- To demonstrate cultural competency.
- To achieve greater personal and professional growth.
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