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Posted by Philip on 30 July 2013, 10:35 am in , , , ,

The difference between doing and being diversity

Organisations that "do" diversity:

  • Have policies, strategies and plans to manage it
  • Get trained in different aspects of diversity - gender, culture, sexuality, disability
  • Have "ethnic" days, lunches, etc
  • Count staff categories
  • Try hard to work out how to attract a wider range of employees and customers
  • Apply for diversity awards and have diversity groups
  • Desperately try not to offend anyone
  • Have to manage complaints
  • Take diversity very seriously

Organisations that "are" diversity:

  • Encourage self awareness and reflection amongst staff to let it lead the organisation
  • Talk about diversity around the lunch table
  • Have staff who offer to share their beliefs, values, customs and lives with each other
  • Are open to changing things when people come and go
  • Naturally attract a wide range of employees and customers
  • Forgive people for getting things wrong
  • Generously explain to each other why something may be offensive
  • Play with and explore diversity

Most organisations do diversity. What they really do is categorise and represent people.

Being diversity is uncommon. It requires an understanding that diversity is inherently present in humanity. When diversity is embraced, celebrated and loved, rather than feared, it naturally attracts more diversity.

Is your organisation doing or being diversity?

 

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