What Are Diversity,
There’s a bright light shining on inclusion these days. Companies everywhere
are looking for ways to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
(DEIB). Inbound recruiting experts Datapeople define what those concepts
Although they’re related and the differences
between them are subtle, the differences are there.
And while diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
appear most frequently together these days, that’s
already changing. It wasn’t long ago when it was
just diversity and inclusion as a pair.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of DEIB or how the concepts behind it have impacted
conversations around hiring. Not long ago, job seekers didn’t really talk about corporate moral codes.
They do now. Today’s job seekers expect at least some social consciousness from their employers.
And they’re not the only ones. Socially
conscious investors are making investing
decisions based on corporate behavior. They
use a set of criteria for judging that behavior –
environmental, social, and governance (ESG)
But these aren’t just social consciousness concerns. Unethical behavior in any one of
these areas can sink a business (think oil spill, pay discrimination suit, or huge executive
pay gap). And research shows that companies with diverse workforces tend to do better
than those without.
Diversity is the demographic makeup of a workforce
and the end goal of all DEIB efforts. But it’s not just
gender. It includes gender, ethnicity, physical ability,
age, national origin, socioeconomic background, and
religion, to name a few. Plus any combination of those
In a study, the Datapeople R&D team found that DEI statements on job postings (i.e., equal
opportunity employer statements) impact the perceived inclusiveness of employers. It’s a
pledge to DEIB and a signal to job seekers that they’ll be comfortable at a company.
Equity is the leveling of an uneven playing field. It
means providing everyone with equal ac