Diversity And Inclusion
Diversity And Inclusion
One of the places where you would frequently hear ‘diversity and inclusion’ in the workplace. Since workplaces often comprise a diversified workforce, one of the main agendas on their palate is always ‘Inclusion,,’ which aims to create an atmosphere where all employees receive equal rights, opportunities, and resources.
So why is this issue so important? It is exactly what we are going to deal with in this post.
To understand the sanctity of this issue, one must understand diversity and inclusion separately and then the two terms together.
Diversity, in the simplest of forms, means different. Within the context of people, diversity would imply the difference in individuals in terms of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, etc. Further, inclusion means the act of including or be included.
We think you have got a flavor of what ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ means.
No individual who works in an organization is in any way similar to any other individual working therein. There would always be some kind of difference, be it a difference in cultural background, race, gender, etc. However, the concept of inclusion aims at establishing an environment of co-operation and brotherhood. It ensures that despite differences, people feel welcomed to work as a part of the group.
HR personnel in workplaces have consistently tried to encourage this policy with employees. They have realized that, before anything else, employees of the organization have to be made comfortable to have them work at peace.
One of the most commonly seen racial discrimination in all spheres, especially the workplace, is African-Americans’ discrimination. Surveys suggest that 80% of the Africans-Americans across the globe face racism at the workplace in one way or the other. The age-old belief that color determines people’s potential to succeed in life has been the major reason for such illegal and immoral activities. However, it’s time we realize that such beliefs are only wrong but unjust to certain communities.
Apart from the HR putting efforts at workplaces, the only way ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ can be spread is through education. Educational institutions and society, both carry the responsibility of teaching and preaching the idea of inclusion to a person right from his childhood. For changing the perspective of society at large, the stepping stone starts at home. As rightly a said by Mahatma Gandhi – ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’