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is Diversity and Inclusion really diverse & inclusive?

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

Diversity and inclusion is a value most employers push in the 21st century. However, are companies really about being diverse and inclusive? First, let’s address exactly what it means to be diverse and inclusive:

Diversity ensures there is a range of talent within a company, and inclusion ensures equal participation from diverse employees currently working within a company. Diversity can include many sectors such as age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability. Employers can also scout and categorize candidates based on education level.

When it comes to inclusion, employees are expected to be welcomed into the workplace with open arms from their peers and higher-ups. Inclusion in the workplace can include factors of diversity, however, it digs a bit deeper to focus on the actual implementation of making employees feel comfortable and heard. This means providing safe spaces for feedback without fear of punishment, and considering opinions, suggestions, and ideas from all employees, not just the ones that have favoritism.

Typically, when searching for employment, job seekers may develop a sense of anxiousness when skimming over the requirement section of job description. Many of us have seen this required statements below listed on the job description:

“We are an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status.”

This can be extremely triggering to certain demographics of diverse candidates, especially if we’ve experienced being excluded based on the same characteristics of diversity companies are supposed to legally uphold.

Job seekers should not have to experience these feelings due to factors that are put in place to protect us from discriminatory practices. We want those seeking employment opportunities not be turned away for something such as the color of their skin or the level of their education if candidates have extensive experience.

On the bright side, there are many employers that do indeed value work experience just as much as educational history. If you have transferable skills that you’ve attained through employment, utilize these strengths during the interview process so jobs have no other choice but to hire you if any possible discriminatory actions occur.

Remember, your unique experience adds to the diversity of a company. They need you in order to be diverse. Whether or not they are inclusive depends on if that company actually values their employees, and if employees are willing to demand the company includes them.

Your perspective, ideas and experiences matter too. Show up confidently knowing you have something to bring to the table!

Read more about CJE’s Business Development Services here. Schedule a Diversity & Culture Workspace Training for your organization here.

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