What is Diversity?
Diversity is about having a broad set of employees that represents people from all kinds of backgrounds and makes your internal population representative of the population as a whole. Make sense? People from different backgrounds (ethnic, sex, financial, geographic, sexual orientation, etc etc) bring different perspectives and ideas to the workplace than if your team is made up of a bunch of folks with identical backgrounds.
Why should your company care?
Well, regardless of any legal or social responsibility things....it’s a competitive advantage. Companies thrive on new, innovative ideas. What better way to increase the innovation engine than to have a set of employees who have the ability to take their diverse experiences, apply them to your companies hardest problems and come up with great solutions. Diversity is a lot of things, but most importantly it’s good business.
What Diversity is NOT...
Diversity is not about lowering your hiring bar or excluding others in order to hire a diverse team. No, no, no, wrong attitude. I’ve heard the word “reverse discrimination” and couldn’t disagree more. Diversity, from a recruiting and hiring standpoint, is about building the biggest most diverse pipeline of candidates you possible can...and hiring the absolute best of that group.
Hopefully these few quick thoughts will set the table for a deeper dive on this topic as it’s a real passion of mine. Also, for those of you loyal readers out there I wanted to apologize for the scarcity of my blogs lately. Doing the series over at the Google Student Blog has been sapping my creative juices...but I’m getting my groove back.
Ok, that’s it for now....next week I’ll get more into how to build a diverse pipeline of candidates...and hire them.