June 2017

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Cultural Observances

Diversity


Diversity refers to the similarities and differences between individuals accounting for all aspects of one’s personality and individual identity. Here are some of the dimensions of diversity.


  • Age. (40 years old and older)
  • Color/Race 
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity/National origin
  • Family status
  • Gender
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Generation 
  • Language
  • Life experiences
  • Organization function and level
  • Physical characteristics. 
  • Religion, belief and spirituality  
  • Sexual orientation
  • Thinking patterns
  • Veteran status

Inclusion

Diversity provides the potential for greater innovation and creativity. Inclusion is what enables organizations to realize the business benefits of this potential.

Inclusion describes the extent to which each person in an organization feels welcomed, respected, supported and valued as a team member. Inclusion is a two-way accountability; each person must grant and accept inclusion from others. In such an environment, every employee will tend to feel more engaged and will be more likely to contribute toward the organization’s business results. This requires people from diverse backgrounds to communicate and work together, and understand each others’ needs and perspectives—in other words, demonstrate cultural competence.