Via Orlando Business Journal
By Julie Johnson

By fostering a listening environment and embrace diverse viewpoints, your company will benefit from diversity of thought that will drive better and more innovative solutions for your clients.

Diversity alone isn’t enough to sustain long-term business success. Inclusion also is important.

Diversity and inclusion are different, but they need to work together, and organizations will need to have both to continue to be successful.Diversity speaks to the makeup of an organization’s people. Inclusion, on the other hand, reflects how the organization engages, values and supports its people. It is an environment in which all employees have a voice, feel respected and valued. An inclusive workplace creates an atmosphere that encourages employees to reach their full potential and bring their whole self to work.

Inclusion simply is the right thing to do. And, it’s better for the bottom line. A Deloitte LLP study found that inclusive organizations are eight times more likely to achieve better business outcomes, six times more likely to be innovative and agile, and two times more likely to meet or exceed financial targets.

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