Diversity is a combination of political beliefs, race, and culture, religion, class, and/or gender identity. Diversity in the workplace means that your employees are made up of people who have different perspectives and backgrounds.
Inclusion is a way to ensure that everyone feels valued, respected, valued, and integrated into your culture. Recognizing and supporting all employees is part of creating an inclusive organization.
Diversity and inclusion are beneficial for the workplace:
Employees feel more connected when they work in a diverse and inclusive environment. Employees who feel connected to their work environment tend to be more productive and work harder, which in turn leads them to produce better work. Organizations that use recruiting diversity and inclusion see significant improvements in business results, innovation, and decision-making.
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Trust and employee engagement are increased:
Employees who feel included are more likely to be engaged. High-engagement employees are more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty for their organization. This engagement can have a ripple effect on profitability and team morale as well as retention. Inclusion workplaces also have better health, and more time off for medical issues. 83 percent of millennials are engaged in their work when companies support D&I initiatives.
Many companies, however, exclude employees from decision-making. The c-suite makes major business decisions. Those who actively seek out minority voices are better informed about the challenges faced by diverse employees. Leaders gain new perspectives that inspire their employees and help them make a difference.