When we hear about diversity, equity, and inclusion. For companies that want to become more open and inclusive, these three words are increasingly important. But do we really know what diversity actually is and how it impacts the workplace?
(Definition of diversity, equity and inclusion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
A diverse workforce is defined as one in which staff members represent a mix of human differences: gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ethnicity, disability. Some definitions of diversity include socioeconomic status, veteran status, family background, and education level. Diverse perspectives are fostered by a diverse workforce. Different types of people can help a team approach a problem from different perspectives. Research continues to prove that a diverse workforce drives innovation and leads to the development of products and/or services that resonate more strongly with diverse consumers. In addition, the ability to connect with diverse markets can be a key differentiator.
According to Abacus Data (2021) findings, a majority of working Canadians (54%) have observed other employees being discriminated against. It includes discrimination based on their race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or any other non-skilled characteristic.
What are your thoughts on these findings? Now imagine the important role of language as an instrument for integration and inclusion and not marginalizing any of these groups in the workplace. That’s why it’s important to transform organizations by taking action, by breaking the Language Barrier. We connect the world through translation, interpreting, and other language services. Stay tuned with us to learn more about the relationship between translation and DEI, and related topics to find out how you can create a more diverse work environment!
Kishchuk, O. (2021). Abacus Data.