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Actively seeking to bring a diverse range of people into the business will only further enhance the chance of business success.
In our previous newsletter we shared with you our Culture of Diversity download and it seems as though this is a topic which is becoming of increasing importance in the corporate agenda. A recent update from Apple has highlighted their view that the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of their employees helped to spark innovation. Accordingly, they have announced that they are “hiring more inclusively, choosing partners who make diversity a priority, and creating opportunities for the next generation.”
And Apple isn’t the only organisation to push diversity up the priority list.The Law Society too has announced an initiative which is intended to boost diversity among the highest echelons of solicitors. The program is designed to provide mentoring help for solicitors in minority groups in a bid to increase representation and diversity at partnership level.
So are diversity programs merely a nod in the direction of equality? Far from it! Nor does a move towards increased diversity conflict with the current trend towards hiring for cultural fit. In the industrial age businesses could get away with hiring identical clones, people who would do exactly as they were told, speak only when spoken to, and bring nothing their presence to the business party.
Now we are in an age in which organisations look to their employees to bring personality and initiative and innovation to enhance the business offering. Far from hiring clones, hiring for cultural fit means taking on employees who share the attitudes and values of the business but whose presence will also enrich and further the aims of the business. Actively seeking to bring a diverse range of people into the business will only further enhance the chance of business success.