Creating a Culture of Inclusion Requires Thoughtful Leadership, Respect and Education

Hiring diverse people is a half-step toward greater business success. Creating a culture of respect and inclusion is the other half and requires a specialized effort.
By Jeremiah Prince

Recruiting and hiring diverse people is important for many reasons, including the positive impact these processes have on business success. Being able to claim a diverse workforce is a source of pride, as evidenced by the annual corporate reports and websites heralding the workforce diversity statistics. Bringing minorities, including people with disabilities, and women on board is an achievement, but just as important is that they feel respected and included.

A culture of inclusion encourages people to bring their full selves to work – unique experiences, identities, perspectives and creativity. It also increases employee engagement and promotes respect, and the company benefits in a variety of ways that include innovation, higher retention rate, and improved...

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