When people say ‘diversity in the workplace’- what do they mean? If you’re trying to create a diverse workplace, a little definition would help. Basically, diversity refers to the different ways in which people not only identify themselves, but also how others perceive them. A diverse workplace is one that embraces it all – gender, orientation, thought, approach, and experience.
More and more organizations and their leaders are stepping up to promote diversity. A February 2017 report by Deloitte Insights found 38% of employees surveyed say that the primary push for their company’s diversity and inclusion efforts came from their CEO.
What does it mean for corporate India?
India is a diverse country by any standard. You need to look at the Indian rupee note for confirmation. The number of scripts there are only a fraction of the many languages spoken in the country! The diverse culture brings many stereotypes with it. Hence, it is crucial for companies to give importance to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The same report by Deloitte Insights found that over 69% of executive’s rate diversity and inclusion as an important workplace issue, up from 59% in 2014.Recent changes in law will also affect diversity in the workplace and these must be accounted for. Some of the headways made in this regard include:
What can you learn from those leading the way?
Business is about efficiency. There is always a constant push to standardise business practices and a longing for homogenous markets. Anyhow, the reality is – the world is a diverse place. Businesses need to constantly adapt or you lose out to competition. Here are the leaders of this space in corporate India:
Initiatives for women
Transgender inclusivity and LGBT initiatives
Initiatives for disabled persons
Benefits of having a diverse workforce
How-to guide: Introducing diversity initiatives at the workplace
It’s time we made our workplaces more inclusive for all. A diverse and inclusive workplace is a boon for any business that wants to be both a beneficiary and an agent of change. Companies must do everything to fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development to promote resilient society for all. So, let’s all do our part to create inclusive, happier and productive workplaces.
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