Getting Diversity and Inclusion Right

In an op-ed piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, the CEO of Klipfolio says he believes in diversity and inclusion, but that so many companies struggle, because it’s hard. Allan Willie is candid in this honest op-ed, about how diversity and inclusion are a goal at Klipfolio, but the definition of “diversity” changes all the time, and it’s hard to know when they’ve got it right.

Second, you’ve got to make a conscious effort to hire people who are different from you. It’s not easy. There are unconscious biases to let go of. Third, diversity is a moving target. For example, there’s a growing movement to encourage companies to show that they use diverse suppliers. And populations are changing all the time. Fourth, diversity won’t work if it’s not accompanied by inclusion.

How we view diversity and inclusion may even depend on your age, he says.  He cites a study by Deloitte that says “Millennials say diversity is necessary for innovation. Boomers and Gen-Xers, on the other hand, view diversity as a representation of fairness and protection to all – a moral and legal imperative.”

Allan Willie gives us a lot to consider. Read the whole piece here.