Diversity and inclusion in the workplace still is a pressing issue in American society. The truth is there are a lot of underrepresented groups in companies across the country. These groups include, but are not limited to, POC, LGBT and those with disabilities. And what is interesting is that diversity makes companies more successful. Based on data compiled by Built In, diverse companies enjoy 2.3 times more revenue per employee. Also, companies with diverse management make 19% more in revenue. And diverse teams are 87% better at making decisions.
Diversity and inclusion in action
For American workplaces to benefit from diversity and inclusion, they need to make it a part of the company at its core, not just when it’s convenient to do so. People like Jacinta Mathis‚ co-founder of Dipper — are trying to bring about big changes like these. Dipper is an interactive platform for people of color to share their workplace experiences and find employment. Mathis created the platform to bring POC together and act as a collective safe space where people can review companies regarding how they treat diversity and inclusion. Mathis says she has seen a positive change in the past years. However, there’s still a long way to go.
“Companies are good at vocalizing the perception and inclusion of diversity, but where there needs to be work done is in the action — progressive action that is happening over time, not just over a month or a holiday, not just changing your profile image and utilizing a hashtag,” she told Philip Michael of Bold TV.
The journey ahead
In 1980, minorities made up 18% of the workforce. Nowadays, that number has risen to 37%. This stat is somewhat deceiving, however. Only 1% of Fortune 500 companies have a Black CEO, and most companies’ management and boards are predominantly white. So, while there has been a lot of growth in diversity and inclusivity, many people believe the workplace has not yet arrived.