Diversity and Inclusion
Workplace inclusion is about recognising the worth of each employee and integrating differences to benefit the organisation as a whole. Successful inclusion captures the range of talents and skills that different employees can bring to their workplace as a consequence of their varied background and principles. This includes varied gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, working style, educational level, professional skills, work experience, socio-economic background, marital status and/or family responsibilities.
Understanding, valuing and including diverse personal contributions facilitates increased productivity, performance, and creativity as well as creating an environment where everyone feels safe and respected.
The Diversity Council of Australia suggests in Building Inclusion: An Evidence-Based Model of Inclusive Leadership that inclusive leadership provides
Businesses with more diverse workforces also better reflect the changing make up of their local and global customers and stakeholders which improves working relationships and effectiveness.
International research conducted by Acritas Research found that diverse teams earn twenty-five percent more revenue and are fifty percent more likely to achieve a ‘perfect ten’ performance score. Their client satisfaction ratings are also more than three times higher. The report also concluded that ‘a lack of diversity is detrimental to long-term financial success for law firms.’