Excerpted by Nancy Cushing-Jones from
People First for Organizational Fitness published by The Myers-Briggs Company
Despite efforts taken by governments and organizations around the world, diversity in the workplace may be shrinking. For example, the World Economic Forum (WEF) reported in 2017 that gender disparity in the workplace had increased. Why does diversity in the workplace matter? Diversity refers to the ways in which we differ from each other. When we understand that every individual is unique, and when we recognize and make constructive use of individual differences, then we support diversity.
Although gender, ethnicity and race are often diversity’s focal points, diversity also encompasses differences in personality type, religion, socio-economic background, generation/age, capabilities, nationality, sexual identity, and neuro-diversity. The latter is beginning to enter HR vocabulary as a term to cover people with conditions such as autism, dyslexia and Asperger’s Syndrome. Every individual is unique, and when we recognize and make constructive use of individual differences, we support diversity.