Diversity and the lack thereof has remained a hot topic at every turn. From sports and entertainment, academia, to legal and tech industries, the data illustrates the sobering reality that more work remains to be done to attain truly diverse and inclusive environments within our global society. Therefore, it is imperative to move beyond discourse to action.
Perhaps the reason why diversity is a priority in your mind has to do with Josh Bersin's Forbes article Why Diversity And Inclusion Will Be A Top Priority For 2016. Perhaps diversity is a priority to you because of the potential paybacks that come from diverse inclusion. In either case, I invite you to indulge in my list of five ways in which diversity and inclusion pays.
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched, preached and toiled during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, he knew the sordid history of this country -- and was deeply mired in its bigoted present -- and yet, he still imagined that things could be different. He saw the ugliness but believed in the beauty. What would Dr. King think about our country today? I think he still would have hope. And here's why.
If we were to compose a story about who we are and what we believe, we might begin with the words "once upon a time." The composition might be a letter or a simple statement. But it would reveal things and thoughts that happened to us in our past that have carved us into the people we now are in the present.
Unless a company has an extensively outlined diversity and inclusion policy, or job seekers know other people of color employed by that company, many minorities are searching with blind hope that if they are selected they will be able to join and also contribute to a welcoming and booming company culture that accepts them for who they are, as they are.