How Does Your Company or Organization View Diversity?

September 5, 2009 by
Filed under: Culture and Diversity 

diversityABCIt’s funny but unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few years, it seems as though the words diversity and diversity awareness have been thrown around a lot by organizations. Many of them, both for profit and non-profit, have focused their attention on diversity and have made a strong argument as to the importance of having a diverse workforce who understands diversity and has a minimal level of diversity awareness.

What I find interesting is that many, in an attempt to ensure that their organization embraces diversity, go the route of having their personnel take diversity courses covering the different types of people that exist in the world. Many of these same courses spend much of their time going over the aspects of either the different cultures or the different lifestyles that customers or fellow workers may have. They have a tendency of simply focusing on tolerance or “leaving your biases at the door” when coming into work. Treating everyone as equals is important, but there is a more important aspect to diversity that many organizations are completely missing the boat on! 

One of the most important aspects and strengths of diversity is the different perspectives a person or group may have about an issue or problem. I’ve found that people from different cultures and different backgrounds have a tendency to analyze problems in different ways. This is one of the main essences and beauties of diversity. Having a diverse group enables an organization to address the same problem they may be facing from many different angles.

It is the differences of opinion, the differences of perspective from a diverse internal population that gives a group or organization a strong advantage against a competitor. If an organization or company is made up of people who fall into many of the same types of social, ethnic or lifestyle groups, then they may be at a disadvantage.

Have you ever found yourself being forced to re-think the way you address an issue or question simply because someone else is addressing the same problem in a different way than you would have?

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  1. Joan Donner on Sun, 13th Sep 2009 5:54 pm
  2. It has definitely been a learning for me and I have being forced to re-think the way I address an issue or question simply because someone else is addressing the same problem in a different way.

    I believe that Diversity is a dynamic state in which differences are valued, and is played out when people with a variety of backgrounds actively participate at all levels of the business.

    However, in order to ensure that the company has the right type of culture to support this concept, diversity must be integrated into the normal way of doing business.

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  3. Nara on Sun, 4th Oct 2009 2:10 pm
  4. Great insights, Gil. The future of diversity is making it intrinsic part of any organization. Many companies leaders are starting to understand it. There are many aspects involved with “acculturation” (or integration) of diversity. It is a process but it has unfolded already…

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  5. Brian on Wed, 8th Dec 2010 10:46 pm
  6. Well I don’t have a company, but i have been in organizations. I believe that most companies need to take a second look into diversity. Many people don’t like to work with people but they are doing it because they have too. If a companies spent more time talking about diversity, then the company would be a more productive one. Companies and organizations shouldn’t be the only one to look into diversity, everyone and everywhere should also.

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  7. Gil Pizano on Sun, 12th Dec 2010 1:51 am
  8. Good Points Brian! Thanks for sharing these important points.

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