Diversity and Inclusion – just how important are they?
Modern society is the epitome of diversity. It is known for its difference in race, gender, religion, age, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation in and amongst a plethora of others. An ideal community should also be inclusive ensuring not just the equality, but to also ensure that all aspects of society have recourse to equitable measures to put them all on a level playing field irrespective of however an individual wants to categorise themselves.
We have even seen an increased focus on this by corporate companies looking to become more diverse with the ultimate aim; to keep that competitive edge. Whilst the business international has become more focussed on diversity and inclusion, there is still a long way to go in order to ensure that it is not just virtue signalling and that there is a real sea of change in this sphere. Companies working on various diversity and inclusion initiatives tend to focus heavily on events and initiatives without really understanding the ultimate need and aims of creating a more diverse workforce. As such, Politically Defined has highlighted 4 key reasons why the business world, and more specifically companies, needs to remind themselves of why they are being champions of Diversity of Inclusion.
Understanding About Different Perspective
When interacting with people from various backgrounds, we can discover many different perspectives. This is known otherwise as the diversity of thought. It can be an eye-opening experience to see things through the lens of others while at work or in our communities.
Workplace and societal discrimination can happen due to ignorance. Acceptance to diversity and the implementation of inclusive principles can prevent misunderstanding and minimise discrimination with the after effect being that an individual can take these learnings back home and spread good practices through into the personal lives.
Higher Productivity And Efficiency
A company or organisation can be more productive and efficient as a whole if everyone contributes whilst celebrating their differences. Certain members of minority groups may have important skills and knowledge that could improve operations, harmonise processes, break language or cultural barriers and may have fresh interpretations and ideas to deal with a situation.
People from a diverse and inclusive society are more united in the effort to make improvements. This sense of belonging is not only conducive to a healthy work environment but the overwhelming feelings of unity can make the worse of days feel good.
What has the government done regarding Diversity and Inclusion?
The UK government has always operated under the policy to provide equal access to resources and opportunities for everyone. The rights of minority groups and people with disabilities are maintained, without marginalisation and exclusion. With the Equality Act 2010, the UK government ensures legal protection against discrimination for everyone in the workplace and society. It replaces the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 for easier implementation and better protection.
In Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020 to 2022, there are three equality objectives that the UK government seeks to achieve:
Diverse and Inclusive Workforce: the UK government seeks to build a workforce that reflects the diverse UK population. This will bring new insights and encourage innovations. The government will also try to establish transparent and smarter recruitment data. This initiative will help to engage and attract talent from all demographic groups.
Recognition: when members of the society are valued, they will better contribute to overall improvements. The government values the experiences, behaviours, skills, and unique ideas of everyone. There will be an initiative to establish a more inclusive organisation. Everyone will be valued, respected, and heard.
Empowerment: the coronavirus pandemic has encouraged everyone to be more independent and empowered. The UK government will ensure a pipeline of diverse talent to help people become more empowered.
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