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Is diversity critical to a business' financial success? Show more Show less

Research proves that diversity (gender, ethnic and social) can improve work place culture and productivity. Some argue that workplace diversity can increase growth or revenues, by increasing the comfort of workers and ensuring different views are represented. But diversity really have that much of a baring on a business' success?

Diversity is not an important aspect of a company's financial success Show more Show less

Other aspects, like having a strong founder and qualified leadership, have a far greater impact on a company's bottom line
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Diversity is meaningless without inclusion

Diversity doesn't work without inclusion. Diversity isn't critical, inclusion is.
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Context

People often conflate diversity for inclusion. Diversity isn't an integral part of a business's success because diversity alone is meaningless. It doesn't work unless you also have inclusion.

The Argument

Having a diverse workplace without instilling a culture of inclusion doesn't allow the benefits of diversity to filter through. Imagine a scenario, for example, where you have a team of equally represented males and females, with a wide spectrum of ages, backgrounds, and familial situations. You have equal representation, but if your company still schedules meetings at 6pm each evening, those with children will not be included and unable to participate. Representation (i.e. diversity) is just the first part of the solution. Inclusion and participation are necessary to actually unlock the benefits of diversity and drive a company's success.[1] Simply having diversity without taking steps to foster inclusion and participation creates a compliance mindset and makes minorities feel judged rather than valued.

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Premises

[P1] Diversity is not enough. To unlock the benefits you need diversity and inclusion. [P2] Therefore, diversity is not a critical component to a business's success, inclusion is.

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References

  1. https://hbr.org/2017/02/diversity-doesnt-stick-without-inclusion

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