Diversity and inclusion (D&I) in workplaces has come into sharp focus in the last couple of years. It’s not hard to see why – There are dozens of reports showing how diversity drives revenue, motivates employees, and fosters innovation. A February 2017 report by Deloitte Insights stated that over 69 percent of executives’ rate D&I as an important workplace issue. One year later, a January 2018 report by them found that today’s workforce encompasses more diversity—in terms of gender, age, background, experience, viewpoint, and overall workforce composition—than in the past.Despite this, many companies still find D&I a challenge. The key is not to become focused on the optics of D&I, but rather find ways to leverage that diversity. This can only be done by creating a strategy to build inclusion and equality into the workplace.
At Intuit India, we encourage all employees to bring their whole selves to work. We believe that diverse life experiences and a supportive culture can foster better decisions and innovation in service to our goal of powering prosperity around the world.
The goal is to build supportive culture comprehensively – both within the company and the larger community in order to maximize the impact of our efforts and really make a difference in the lives of people. Some of the efforts include:
There is a long way to go before we can claim that people of all genders, backgrounds, and abilities have the same opportunities. By really committing to inclusion, we can slowly bring about that change.
About the Author – Aradhana Muthanna is a Diversity and Inclusion champion at Intuit.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org