Diversity & Inclusion

‘Inclusion’ has long been considered the Robin to ‘Diversity’s’ Batman. It’s time the roles were reversed.

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61% of employees bend themselves out of shape to fit in at work, including 45% of white, heterosexual men. This is bad for business and bad for well-being.

The good news is that businesses with an inclusive environment have an operating profit almost three times higher than those that don’t.

Why everything you think you know about diversity is wrong

Diversity & inclusion - an overview:

Diversity without inclusion damages a company’s performance. It also causes pain.

 

Feeling pain. Neuroscience shows that the psychological pain caused by being excluded affects the same part of the brain as physical pain. It hurts.

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Eisenberger, Lieberman & Williams (2003); Cikara & Fiske (2011).

Value difference:

We are naturally attracted to people who are like us and tend to shy away from those who are different.

 

If we can appreciate each other for who we are, we create an environment where we can flourish together no matter what our differences.

 

 

 

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Business benefits:

Compared to employees working in a business without an inclusive culture, employees in businesses with a culture of inclusion are:

 

– 12% more likely to expend discretionary effort
– 19% more likely to stay with the business

 

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Diversity is bad for business. The fear of being different is not only stifling talent, it’s a primary cause of low productivity. Diversity quotas may be making it onto the strategic...

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The research shows that without inclusion, diversity can damage a company’s performance. Without inclusion, diversity leads to slower decision making, more conflict and increased fragmentation.

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