What do we mean when we speak of diversity? The Human Resources & Equal Opportunity Office offers one definition:
“Diversity refers to human qualities that are different from our own and those of groups to which we belong; but that are manifested in other individuals and groups. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities or qualities, race, sexual orientation, educational background, geographic location, income, marital status, military experience, parental status, religious beliefs, work experience, and job classification.”
Diversity in the workforce as a concept focuses on a broader set of qualities than race or gender. In the context of a multicultural, diverse workforce, valuing diversity means creating a workplace that respects and includes differences, recognizing the unique contributions that individuals with many types of backgrounds can make, and create a work environment that maximizes the potential of all employees.
Diversity in the Workforce – A Necessity
Most people would agree that diversity in the workforce contributes to the overall growth and prosperity of any organization. Diversity in the workforce is a necessity today and makes smart business sense. National studies show that over the next ten years more than half of the entering workforce will have a minority background.
We take into account the work experience, education and human qualities that each individual brings to the workplace when we search for tomorrow’s leaders today.
Diversity in the Workforce – Related Links
Women in the Food Industry (by McKinsey & Company)