Inclusion - How is it Different than Diversity?
Ever noticed how people tend to talk about inclusion and diversity all the time?
Think they are synonymous?
Well, if you dig a little deeper, they are drastically different.
We aim to focus on inclusion in this article.
Been hearing that term a lot, aren’t we?
But, we focus on action, not words. Hence, be sure to know we give full importance to inclusion.
What are they?
Simply put, diversity means to realize that people are different. Understand and respect their differences. These differences can be based on age, religion, gender, disabilities, sexual preferences, etc.
On the other hand, inclusion is ‘a fair chance.’ When you offer equality to all based on diversity.
Yes, yes, I know what you are thinking?
Do they still seem the same?
Surely, this table will help you understand it better.
Now you know what the difference is. Thus, to summarize we can say:
Frankly, if you are not in a diverse environment there will be no concept of inclusion. One leads to the other.
If you have not hired female staff members, how can you even include their perspective in policy considerations?
Hence, the point of the matter is that both are important and go hand-in-hand.
Why is Inclusion Important to an Organization?
According to a report issued by Mckinsey & Company, racially and ethnically diverse companies which practice inclusion were 33% more likely to outperform the rest of the companies in the industry.
Following are the highlights of this concept:
So, you can see that the bottom line is that it is a two-way process. Inclusion is important to empower your employees and important to enhance the performance of the company itself.
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Joseline J. Hardrick is the Founder and President of Diversity Access Pipeline, Inc. She is also an author, professor, and lawyer and resides in Tampa Bay, Florida. Guest bloggers are students in the Journey to Esquire® Scholarship & Leadership Program.