The difference between diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace, while often linked together, are two very different concepts.  Diversity is a means to something much bigger; it is not an end unto itself.  I think of inclusion as the means to operationalize diversity.  Simply stated: diversity is a mix of differences, inclusion is making the mix work.  It is counter-productive to develop a workforce with racial, ethnic, gender, age, socioeconomic, and a host of other differences, unless you work to be inclusive of those differences.  It is through the process of inclusion (which must be intentional) that people learn different viewpoints and experiences.  In my experience, this is what drives innovation.  What does your experience tell you?  I’m interested in hearing what you think.  I hope you will share both this post and your thoughts.

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