Anuradha Biswas, CEO and Founder of Prakat Solutions, joined an experienced panel of industry experts and discussed the importance of putting diversity and inclusion into action within small businesses. Cultivating workplace diversity is key to being successful in the new digital world, according to Biswas.
“Diversity” and “Inclusion” are two popular buzzwords these days. But what do they really mean and why are they important in the workplace?
Defining Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion might be interconnected, but they are far from interchangeable. For example, diversity is essentially the representation or the make-up of a group or organization. Inclusion, on the other hand, focuses on how well the contributions, presence, and perspectives of different groups of people are valued and integrated into a specific environment.
In the workplace, both are needed – not just because each brings a unique perspective to a working environment, but because when utilized effectively, both diversity and inclusion can create more opportunities for growth and can directly affect and enhance the success of a business.
When we talk about inclusion and diversity, it’s about having people work as part of our environment but it also means being sensitive and mindful at every opportunity to make sure that what we are doing creates accessibility for all.
A Diverse Opportunity
Diversity comes in many forms: gender, age, religion, mental and physical abilities, and much more. While each of these special features may or may not define us as people, when it comes to the workplace, they are an important consideration. Furthermore, representation is crucial, not just on paper, but again, for the overall success of a business.
Success: Now Included
Businesses looking to emphasize inclusion should create a culture that embraces unique ideas, perspectives, experiences and people. So, how can business leaders improve on this? Ideally, they can foster a healthy environment so that employees:
Feel like they have a unique voice
Have a sense of connection and loyalty
Feel valued and appreciated
Have access to resources and support
Continue to learn and grow in their careers
According to research by the Limeade Institute and Artemis, employees who feel included:
Are 28% more engaged at work
Have 19% greater well-being in their lives
Are 43% more committed to their company
Are 51% more likely to recommend their company as a great place to work
Typically intend to stay with their company 3 times longer
A Final Word
The bottom line is clear: putting diversity and inclusion into action is an important step in becoming a truly successful business – no matter the size. With increased diversity and improved inclusivity, employees are enabled to make positive contributions in the workplace and in their careers.
Diversity and inclusion help create accessibility that ultimately empowers businesses and their employees. Prakat proudly supports diversity and inclusion in the workplace and routinely employs hiring practices and creates work groups that reflect this important idea.
Read more aboutAnuradha Biswas, including her commitment to helping women advance and succeed in the fields of business and technology.