Today, many companies put diversity initiatives at the tops of their “must do” lists. And while it’s widely accepted as the right thing to do, the reasons for cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace in South Africa go far beyond that. As it turns out, creating a culture of diversity and inclusion is actually good for your business — in more ways than you might imagine.
While diversity and inclusion go hand in hand, they’re two different things. Gallup explains diversity as the range of differences in human demographics, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and age. In some cases, education levels and family characteristics might fall under the category of diversity, too.
Inclusion is a way of building on that diversity and creating a feeling of belonging for everyone within an organisation. It means creating a workplace culture in which employees feel valued, respected and accepted. They feel they’re welcome to be themselves and can share their ideas in a friendly environment.
When diversity and inclusion work together, they improve the job experience for employees. But they also improve the performance of the company as a whole.
Here are five key benefits of diversity and inclusion.