Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: It's Not About the Numbers

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Author: Prashanie Dharmadasa, Director of Strategic Insights | Published: August 25, 2015

Looking at diversity in the workforce as a process driven by quotas is a dangerous game. Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce should start with answering the question, “Why?” It’s important to focus on the approach that’s going to benefit your company in the long run.

A successful diversity strategy needs to ignite change. The business case for diversity and inclusion should be intrinsically linked to a company’s innovation strategy. Varied voices that have a wide range of experiences will help generate new ideas about products, services and practices. The need to develop an original, game-changing approach to capitalise on untapped talent pools and bring inspiration to your company should be a business imperative.