Sunday, April 17, 2016

Diversity: Valuing the differences that make each of us unique

Why is valuing diversity important?

Much of our diversity initiatives in the workplace stem from legislation designed to provide equal and fair treatment of all employees and to prevent discrimination in the workplace.  Valuing diversity, however, involves efforts that go beyond these laws.  It involves creating a positive work environment in which individual differences are not only recognized and valued but are also utilized to achieve results.
As an individual, you want to be part of an organization that strives to provide an opportunity and incentive for maximum self-expression and growth.  If you are allowed to grow and use your unique talents and skills, you will accomplish more and take greater pride in the business results that you have helped to achieve.  Promoting the growth of individuals is a critical component of effectively leveraging diversity.
Nothing is more powerful than employees who feel good about themselves and take pride in the work they do.  Imagine that all of the people you work with have confidence, respect for themselves, respect for others, and value each other's contributions.  What would this mean?  You'd have a rich synergy that would promote successful results and a fun place to work!

What are some attributes that contribute to a person's essential value?  
  • Life Experience
  • Character
  • Talents and Skills
  • Leadership
  • Knowledge
  • Compassion
  • Quality of Work  
  • Kindness
  • Cooperation  
  • Fairness
  • Values
A successful organization must recognize, accept and value individual differences.
Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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