10 Reasons Diversity is Incredibly Important

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Diversity has been a hot topic with me and the rest of the World for a while now. My frustrations with many companies and employees are that diversity is a very misunderstood concept. The way we view diversity is a metric that we must hit. In fact, the very word diversity makes people narrow down their thoughts to a few select groups of people. I want to define my views on diversity as well as provide 10 Reasons Diversity is Incredibly Important:

Diversity defined:

Diversity is not, and should not be a narrow focus of putting people into positions to improve the appearance of a company. Diversity is a collection of unique qualities that individuals bring to the enterprise. Instead of viewing diversity as a metric, we should view it as a competitive edge to improve our overall functions in society.

I believe if we can focus in on the benefits of diversity, it will help us make quality judgments about our need to consider it soundly. The following list is an effort to drive awareness around the benefits of diversity so we can improve our decision making and scope of its potential:

10 Reasons Diversity is Incredibly Important

  1. Candidates who come from other companies share visions and best practices that can benefit the organization’s growth
  2. Wider range of customers when diversity is focused on the frontline
  3. Additional languages overcome obstacles that face many businesses
  4. Community involvement in multicultural events
  5. Understanding of demographic trends and behaviors
  6. Greater appreciation for difference and inclusion from employees

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2 thoughts on “10 Reasons Diversity is Incredibly Important

  1. I thought the ten tips for being presentable were sensible practice (good manners really). However, rather than fake engagement if you tune in and listen with the intent of try to capture and summarize ‘key learnings’ for yourself your behaviour wil be authentic and you don’t have to worry about being ‘busted’ when you slip up. I remember not every topic in university was interesting, but with some preemptive framing I could search for the few things that mattered to me – just a little something to help me focus and stay engaged.

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