When we talk about #Diversity in a workplace, we often refer to the cultural, racial, age, gender differences and we talk about embracing these to make an international and, well, diverse workplace. Whilst all of the above mentioned factors are extremely important factors that strengthen any cooperation, there are a few other things that are often overlooked when talking about diversity: background, culture, values.
One can argue that coming from different countries and cultures implies the background diversity, which is true. However, what I am talking about is background in terms of upbringing, education and experiences. No matter your age, race or gender, we have all been through different experiences and have received different education, which should only enrich our own perspectives of the world from socialising with each other.
Recently though, it has come to my attention that people tend to compete in terms of their backgrounds instead of embracing the differences and learning from each other. Diversity is not just build up of the visual, evident and obvious factors and it is disappointing to see that this is not being recognised. So how would I approach this rising issue?
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