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Diversity: Workplace Benefits of Equality and Inclusion around Race, Gender and Sexuality

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Published on Jun 22, 2015

A Diverse workforce offers numerous benefits to business in the UK and beyond. Find out more about Marshall E-Learning Consultancy's Diversity courses here: http://www.marshallacm.co.uk/category...

We live in an increasingly diverse society, which is very often reflected in the workplace. It is of course important that we always respond with the appropriate sensitivity to this diversity, and learners in all workplace settings will reflect it in their gender, age, class, sexuality, race, religion, disability and ethnicity.

Equality is about eliminating discrimination and prejudice in a society (from a workplace society to the larger aggregate community) where everybody has the same opportunities to progress and achieve their full potential, regardless of their heritage or background. In essence, equality is about treating everybody as if they were the same.

Diversity, on the other hand, though sometimes used or understood rather confusingly as a synonymous term to ‘equality’, actually means ‘difference’. Diversity is about recognising individuals’ differences, and placing positive values on those differences within societies and workplace environments.

Despite the world becoming so highly diverse, there are still many companies which have not done so, and indeed this can often hinder the value locked within an exclusive culture. Today, promoting diversity is simply required of an organisation. However, although many claim their unwavering support, the reality is actually far less in evidence.

A global survey conducted by Deloitte University Press found that only 1 in 5 companies believe that they are truly ‘ready’ to embrace diversity and all of its benefits. Why the massive (80%) short falling? Well, there is a view that diversity compliance is just that – a regulatory box to be ticked. This, unfortunately, simply isn’t good enough to instil the sense of urgency required to make a more meaningful move into a true environment of workplace diversity that is matched by its efforts for equality.

What is needed is a better understanding of the benefits that a truly diverse workforce can inject into the value of a company. Online diversity training is one means by which a company can begin to tackle this problem and get to grips with fully understanding what they are missing, from failure to implement diversity measures into their workforce. Indeed, far beyond being simply a tick-box exercise, embracing diversity and utilising individuals’ differences for the overall good of an organisation can make the difference between success and failure in today’s business world, which is now as competitive as it is diverse.

An individual’s feeling of being treated equitably is the true measure of a company’s commitment to diversity. This means that as an organisation, you have to communicate and connect with each employee not only as a member of the workforce, but as an individual. Indeed, this realisation can actually be the driving force of a company’s success, when individuals’ unique attributes are put to a use that not only suits the company, but also the employee her/himself.

“Not everyone who gets into a business is in the place where they will ultimately be the most successful or happy in their career,” says Stephen Shea of Ernst & Young. “ Sometimes their unique attributes will lead them to be far more successful [which, in turn, equates to the success of the company] in a different part of the business or a different pursuit, and it’s okay to tell them that.”

By committing to building a culture of diversity where employees are making the most out their skills and experiences – i.e. their differences – a company will almost invariably find that productivity, morale and indeed success can be optimised to produce the best possible outcomes for all involved. In theory this is a very simple equation, and the only real obstacle in making it a more encompassed reality is in engendering the commitment from organisations to make it so.

Diversity in the workplace e-learning courses are the exact tool your company needs to start building towards this success. They will teach you and your workforce not only what it means to accept the concepts of diversity, equality and equal opportunities, but why these things are important, and how their successful integration can move your company beyond mere compliance to the rules, but towards a culture of unlimited inclusion and success.

Find out more about Marshall E-Learning Consultancy's Diversity courses here: http://www.marshallacm.co.uk/category...

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