Why is diversity important? And, before that what is it?
When was the last time you took some time to ponder a serious issue that affects you and everyone around you? Hopefully this will encourage you to do just that. When we consider diversity, it is not uncommon to think of how it applies to the workplace. We want to give the greatest opportunity to the broadest segment of the community. So, we put forward the idea of diversity as a way to include as large of a cross-section of that community as possible. The bigger question of diversity though is: What is it?
But, more importantly, the question that really begs to be addressed is: Why is it important? What is the benefit of achieving diversity and what happens if we aren’t successful? What happens if we are successful?
Is diversity really necessary?
The “why” can include: improvements in productivity, relationships and reducing discrimination. All of these are on a grand scale, and can impact a variety of smaller aspects of everyday life for each and every one of us. With that being said, diversity isn’t just limited to the workplace. What about school, our social relationships and the community around us? Some applications of diversity are much more philosophical. Like cultural diversity, in the way we celebrate holidays and interact with family. If these questions have you thinking about it, read more here on diversity.social.
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