“I believe there is a call to action for Diversity and Inclusion today that goes beyond compliance. Ann Nadeu, Chief People Officer at Great Places to Work, said it best:
“The best workplaces forge bonds among co-workers of different political views. At a time when our national social fabric has frayed, workplaces that are great for all people can play an important role in mending America.”
Diversity and inclusion combined creates a culture of inclusion where multiple perspectives are heard and valued. Forbes (Dec 2016) and Harvard Business Review (Dec 2013) report diversity and inclusion boosting results by 24% and market share by 70%.
The first step in facilitating an inclusive culture is letting go of the One-Big-Happy-Family myth. In reality, you have to recognize and discuss differences before joining in harmony for the greater good.
The secret weapon: empathy. The ability to actively listen to others, disagree without anger and find common ground is the key to doing meaningful work together at work, and also in our communities and country.”
- Kim Bettie