Terminology is an important piece of our work around Inclusion & Diversity. It is critical that a common language is agreed upon and used. For the purpose of this proposal, we will begin with these definitions: Diversity is critical to success in the 21st century workplace. Companies have to reflect the population of their desired customers in their employees and suppliers. By 2050, the U.S. will be all-minority (no group will be more than 50% of the population), and one in four, 1 in 4, will be of Hispanic descent. Diversity is reality. Inclusion is the “how.” In order to be successful in today’s business world, companies must not only have a diverse workforce, they must also leverage that diversity for the unique perspectives that will bring forth ideas leading to growth and innovation. The number one response we have heard from over 35,000 assessment survey and focus group participants for when they feel included is when they are asked their opinion. Inclusion is a call to action – it is a business strategy to improve employee engagement, retention and productivity. Anotherterm frequently used in this arena is Cultural Competence, which is an experiential understanding and acceptance of the beliefs, values, and ethics of others as well as the demonstrated skills necessary to work with and serve diverse individuals and groups.
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Session A: Diversity in the 21st Century: The Way Forward
presents<br />Diversity in the 21st Century – The Way Forward<br />Bill Wells<br />
Diversity is a Noun</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Inclusion: Making sure all employees are made to feel comfortable for their unique differences. Ensuring that everyone is allowed to bring their best to the workplace to maximize business success.
Inclusion is a Call to Action</li></ul>4<br />9/19/2011<br />