We are diverse, but are we inclusive?

We’ve all heard about diversity in the workplace, but is being diverse good enough? And how does being diverse differ from being inclusive?

Before we answer that let’s explain what diversity means. Workplace diversity means understanding and accepting the values and differences of people in an organisation. 

Inclusivity, on the other hand, is about involving and collaborating with ALL employees. It’s about creating a collaborative, supportive, open and respectful environment that increases the participation and contribution of everyone.

Having a diverse workplace means differences exist but inclusion takes it further by considering the motivators of everyone so they don’t just exist in the organisation but actually feel valued too.

What’s Zaizi doing?

Zaizi has a diverse workforce that includes a range of ages, ethnicities, religions and worldviews. Creating a culture where people are respected and appreciated requires another level of effort. The challenge is having a culture where all employees feel included and have a say. 

And the benefits are clear to see. Having inclusivity and the mix of different opinions and views leads to innovation. Aside from the obvious business benefits, it also means everyone is fairly and equally represented — it’s just the right thing to do!

Tips to ensure you’re inclusive

It’s important to have a diverse workforce but it’s more important to make sure people are happy once they join your organisation. So, what can be done to ensure your organisation is inclusive?

People are key to the ongoing success of every organisation, so promoting diversity AND inclusion amongst employees should be a priority.

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