What does diversity at the workplace mean?
Everybody is talking about diversity. But what does it actually mean? Diversity signifies difference and variety among people based on the following characteristics:
- Age and generation
- Family situation and lifestyle
- Physical and mental ability
- Educational background
- Nationality and culture
- World view and religion
- Gender and gender role
- Sexual orientation and gender identity
The more these various characteristics are found in a company, the greater its diversity. But the term encompasses much more: it places a positive value on human diversity and reflects the belief that diversity is something that should be treasured and encouraged.
This is precisely what an inclusive corporate culture does: it sees diversity as enrichment of the company. Inclusion at the workplace means creating equal conditions for all employees, regardless of their background and characteristics. This ensures that everyone can bring their authentic self to the organization. And it is in precisely these conditions that companies improve their performance: allowing each individual employee to develop freely and achieve their optimal personal performance. Companies are increasingly using diversity as a strategic management approach – this is known as diversity management.