This week I am trying to change the scope to not just women in the industry but diversity as a whole. Companies are aware of the lack of diversity among their employees but are taking little to no steps to change that. What they are failing to realize is by diversifying their work force it makes the company stronger.
Think about it this way, why do you like Chex Mix? I like it because it adds a variety of different flavors, sure I might prefer the pretzels but I don’t want just a bag of pretzels…that’s boring. Because the pretzels are in unison with the variety of snacks in the Chex Mix, that’s why I like them. Are you following me?
Having a diverse work force from a variety of backgrounds brings new understandings of life, different solutions to hard questions, and a variety of perspectives. This all contributes to innovative and creative solutions in a competitive market.
People of color make up nearly one third of today’s labor force; Women make up 47 percent; gay and transgender workers make up 7 percent; People with disabilities make up
“At PwC, we believe in confronting the hard realities—and then doing something about it.”said Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ diversity division led by Maria Castañón Moats,“…If you cannot answer the diversity question clearly and favorably when it is asked in the recruiting process, young people are going to choose to work elsewhere.”
It’s true. Why would I want to work for someone who is simple minded in their hiring process? To me that says something about the work they produce (simple minded). Companies need to capitalize on the need of diversity in the workforce, especially with a younger generation entering the building that highly value it.
So to employers:
Don’t be a bag of pretzels. Be a bag of Chex Mix.