Doesn’t diversity apply to more than gender alone?
Absolutely! By diversity we mean all aspects in which people differ from each other. These are the visible things – such as gender, age and skin color – and the less visible things, such as cultural and social background, and work styles, personality traits etc.
When there is a great diversity in the workplace, people differ from each other in all kinds of areas. That stimulates everyone to come up with innovative ideas. And that in turn promotes organizational results.
More and more women are joining the workforce nowadays. About half of the ’talent pool’ consists of women, but in the Netherlands less than 10% of top management is female! If the top management should consist of more than 30% of women, an organization appears to make 6% more profit! That is a considerable percentage.
Many companies want to attract more women, but do not know how. Or they employ valuable and well-performing female staff members who unexpectedly leave employment.