Many businesses still have a long way to go when it comes to diversity and representation at work.
Taking gender diversity as an example, roughly 50% of the global population is female, yet in many industries women remain noticeably absent from the board room. The industries where they are represented or even in the majority, tend to be areas where the gender pay gap is largest. Even the relatively new tech industry is not free from inequality with Google employees around the world taking part in a female led walk out in 2018.
It doesn’t get much better in other areas of diversity. Global statistics from the United Nations show 50-70% of people with disabilities in developed countries are unemployed; this increases to as much as 90% in developing countries.
International human resource managers (IHRM) have an important role to play in improving organisational diversity because we have access to a more diverse pool of potential employees than most.
Increasing workplace diversity matters because everyone should be given the opportunity to excel at a role they have talent in. Outside of that, studies show there are a host of business benefits to building a diverse workforce including: