WHAT DO WE MEAN BY DIVERSITY?
CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico
Whether founder or employee, each one of us is different. Typically, our differences can be grouped into three broad categories:
age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical resources
economic or social position, education, occupation, faith, abilities, dependents, caring responsibilities
how we approach problems and think about things.
Diversity describes the range of human differences within a group of people.
Inclusion is the act of
making someone feel
part of a group.
In terms of the workplace, inclusion involves people’s well-being at work, safeguarding people’s mental and physical resources, and championing rights and cultural differences all of which collectively help people to suceed at work. By its nature, inclusion is difficult to measure in the workplace. Indeed, whether someone feels included may vary on a day-to-day basis. However, an inclusive environment allows individual contribution to matter and employees are able to perform to their full potential, no matter their background, identity or circumstances.