Bias is inherent. Acting on it can be prevented.
Bias is inherent. Acting on it can be prevented.
Greetings, Ninja!

The difference between managers who lead diverse and inclusive teams and those who just talk about diversity and inclusion? There are a few:

  • Leaders understand bias. Even organizations with the best of intentions unconsciously discriminate against employees and job candidates based on gender expression, race, sexual orientation, age, physical ability. Managers who prioritize D&I aren’t just educated on bias and its nuances — they’re committed to dismantling it.

  • They don’t let fear stop them. Like everyone else, they’re concerned about fumbling over sensitive topics or misusing terminology. But they embrace the learning curve… and lean into the discomfort.

  • They reap the rewards. From an improved employee experience to the company’s bottom line, the benefits of a diverse workforce are numerous.

Talk is cheap, but you get what you pay for. Is it time for your company to make a real investment in diversity and inclusion?

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P.S. We’ll be taking next Thursday off for Thanksgiving. We’re grateful for your readership, and we’ll return to your inbox on December 5.

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