Even though we’ve made a lot of strides during the last several years, particularly in the last decade, when it comes to creating a more diverse workplace, there’s been huge interest of late in enabling and leveraging diversity and inclusion as key business drivers―whether to spark innovation, improve operating profit or enhance a company’s reputation, for example.
Eighty-five percent of new entries in the workforce are women or minorities. And, you can’t discuss women and diversity obviously, without talking about the impact of multiculturalism and millennials in the workplace. When you figure in the 10,000 Baby Boomers who are leaving the workforce each day, there’s a talent tsunami headed our way for which many companies simply aren’t ready.
This week in In Process (Trusted Counsel's bi-weekly podcast show), we revisit a previous interview with Jeffery Tobias Halter, gender strategist and author of “WHY WOMEN – The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men”; and Sharon Orlopp, retired global chief diversity officer and senior vice president of corporate people at Walmart.
“Using a dancing analogy: Diversity is about being invited to the dance, but inclusion is actually being out on the floor dancing,” said Sharon. “Inclusion is an action verb; it requires each of us to do something, to include others. Diversity is a lot about metrics and measurements and what makes us different.”
In terms of creating a 21st century workforce, “Diversity and inclusion have to be embedded throughout the business―in marketing, operations, the supply chain, etc. It cannot be solely owned by HR or the Diversity Office. That’s how companies run and operate,” said Jeffery.
During the course of the podcast “Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion as Business Drivers,” working professionals―in both large corporations and small-to-medium-sized companies―will learn:
• Today’s definitions of diversity and inclusion and how they differ
• The tangible and intangible benefits of diversity and inclusion
• Current barriers to diversity and inclusion in the workplace
• Strategies and tactics for implementing diversity and inclusion into business
• How to create an environment of support
Stream the conversation with Jeffery and Sharon in the player below to learn how a workforce built on diversity, inclusion and differences can help your business seize the competitive advantage. You can also subscribe to In Process on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone.