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Diversity vs. Inclusion

Date: 02/01/23

As a manager, you know that having a diverse team is important to your success. But do you put the same focus on inclusion? The two terms are sometimes confused, but they’re different. Diversity refers to differences among people – the characteristics and experiences that make them unique. Inclusion is taking action to value, respect, and support those differences.[1] It’s about ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to pursue their full professional potential.

How can diversity and inclusion benefit my company?

When many people think of diversity, they think of those things that are readily visible – gender, age, race, visible disabilities, or body size, for example. But there are diversities that aren’t easily seen, too. These include things such as sexual orientation, upbringing, invisible disabilities, neurodiversity, immigration status or socio-economic background. Each of these things that makes us different also shapes our perspectives and values. So, building an organization that is diverse on all levels enriches the pool of ideas and talent, which drives creativity and innovation.[2][3]

How can I make my workplace more inclusive?

If you’re a manager convinced that being more inclusive would benefit your staff and organization, you might be wondering how you can bring its benefits home. Here are a few strategies from Foundr that might help you make this change in your group:[4]