Do you know the difference?

Current work philosophy dictates the best possible team is one chock-full of varying viewpoints, personalities, and skills. Differences in opinion and beliefs result in more stimulating brainstorming sessions and a higher degree of innovation overall.

Many employers are starting to embrace “diverse” workplaces with employees coming from a wide range of walks of life.

But HR folks still say that this “diversity” is not enough. There needs to be inclusion as well, but this can be a difficult concept for employees to understand. What’s the difference anyway?

Here’s the difference between diversity and inclusion, and why both are important to have in any workplace.

Diversity vs. Inclusion

In an interview with Forbes, HR consultant Jennifer Brown noted that diversity is “the who and the what: who we’re tracking from the traditional characteristics and identities of gender and ethnicity, and sexual orientation and disability—inherent diversity characteristics that we’re born with. Inclusion refers to the how. Inclusion is the behaviors that welcome and embrace diversity.”

So, diversity can be pretty easy to understand. Hiring people with varying genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, and interests. Inclusion, on the other hand, can be a bit more nebulous. Think of it this way: a …read more

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