Today’s workplace is global, multi-ethnic, and intergenerational. It is comprised of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and cultures, representing broad spectra of socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, and political leaning. Your capacity to work in a diverse environment represents an important consideration for employers.
Why Diversity Matters to Employers
Teams composed of members with diverse backgrounds, talents, and perspectives perform better and produce better results. They are more capable of responding to an array of circumstances, drawing upon different skills as situations demand, and comprehending the full complexity of an issue. By valuing everyone, an organization becomes a desirable workplace where people feel a sense of belonging and can be their most productive.
Diversity is also smart business because consumers and clients represent a diverse world. Any business seeking to maximize returns will necessarily design products or services with a diverse group of consumers in mind. To do that effectively, the people who work in an organization should reflect the diversity of the customer base.
Bring Your Complete Self to Work
Embracing diversity and inclusion means learning to appreciate, communicate, and collaborate with others—respecting their differences and commonalities—as well as appreciating your own uniqueness. Discovering the multiple facets that shape your identity helps you see the diversity you represent. Your success, and of those who work with you, depends on you bringing your complete self to work.
Navigating your career path aware of your uniqueness requires reflection and information gathering. The Center is committed to providing support as you explore opportunities and challenges in the context of diversity and inclusion.