Dr.Shirley Davis Sheppard on Why Diversity and Inclusion are Good for Business

In leading organizations, managing diversity is no longer limited to increasing representation of a certain identity group and building equality. Rather, both the definition and the focus have expanded to include not only the workplace, but also the workforce, the marketplace, the community and suppliers. An increasing number of organizations are adopting diversity and inclusion strategies, not only for ethical and legal reasons, but also because it positions them to be more competitive. Among the most important of these benefits are attracting and retaining the best talent, improved corporate image and reputation, increased employee engagement and productivity, greater innovation and enhanced marketing opportunities.

 

 

Shirley Davis Sheppard, Ph.D., SPHR; Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion and Workplace Flexibility; Society for Human Resource Management, was one of the featured speakers at SHRM India Annual Conference 2013. Here is an overview of her talk, a Google Hangout interview streamed by India HR Live where Dr. Davis shares key insights into why diversity is good for business, highlights some examples of leading organizations that have realized the benefits of their diversity initiatives, and leaves you with several trends, strategies, and tips that you can implement to contribute to your organization’s business success.

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I am glad to see the switch from diversity only, to diversity and inclusion. Diversity was about numbers, inclusion is about embracing differences. This will make companies not only better, nicer places to work, but also more creative and innovative.

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