|A national survey of nonprofit professionals found that while 90% of those surveyed believe that their organization values diversity; more than 70% feel that their employer does not do enough to create a diverse and inclusive work environment. One respondent summarized it well—“Nonprofits need to make it clear that diversity is important and that they are willing to take actions to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.”In short, many people feel their employers are all talk and no action. Hence, a vicious cycle ensues where those who comprise our diverse workforce leave their jobs due to empty promises of an all-inclusive workplace. Consequently, the recruitment of a diverse workforce becomes increasingly difficult. A company unable to hire and retain people from diverse backgrounds, especially those whose life experiences help them relate to the nonprofit’s client population, is less likely to excel.What is diversity?|
When discussing diversity, we typically think of noticeable differences such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, and sexual orientation. It is important to remember that there are other aspects to diversity as well, including:
A deep appreciation of each category of diversity contributes to a well-rounded workplace that values and welcomes each other’s varied characteristics and traits.
Why is diversity important?
Remember, by creating a work environment that is welcoming and inclusive to all no matter what their age, gender, race, religion, and background, or even communication style or role in the company, you promote an environment where employees feel valued and respected. This in turn leads to greater productivity, enhanced problem-solving and in the end, a more successful business.
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