Inclusivity – what’s the return for your business? (Changeboard)
By Dr. Wanda Wallace
A lot has been written about how to create a diverse workplace. We all know it’s the right thing to do, because it creates opportunities for women, ethnic minorities and others who often feel they are not fully included in the corporate space. But less attention has been paid to the benefit for company that manages to create an inclusive workspace.
First, let’s review the difference between diverse and inclusive. Diversity is simple: you count the number of people with gender, ethnicity, religion, age and sexual orientation who are unlike the majority. Inclusivity is more complex. In inclusive cultures, people who are different from the majority feel they belong and can speak their mind without having to change dramatically. Their voices are heard and evaluated in non-biased ways. They are able to fully contribute.