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Is your company wasting money on diversity?

24 9 6

DIVERSITY is a hot topic in employment, as it rightly should be. After centuries of the old white man ruling supreme, companies – along with governments and wider society – are starting to understand the value and importance of a diverse work environment.

It’s hard to find a company out there these days that doesn’t have a page on their website dedicated to stating their commitment to diversity; more often than not, accompanied by a stock photo of several overly happy, smiling office workers from any minority group (see below).

But a lot of this is just lip service to diversity; focussing on collecting the data and ticking the right boxes, rather than making a meaningful contribution towards inclusion, says Harvindar Singh, general manager of talent acquisition at Malaysia’s Sunway Berhad.

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Speaking at JobStreet.com’s Human Resources Networking conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday, Singh highlighted the important difference between the two ideas of diversity and inclusion.

“Inviting someone to the party, that’s diversity. Asking them to dance, that’s inclusion. You cannot have diversity without inclusion,” Singh said.

“Most organisations bank on diversity because it’s easy to measure. You have statistics that can tell you, yes, you have a very diverse organisation, but........

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