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Vodcast#43 - Diversity & Inclusion by Sunaina Vij

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are more than policies, programs, or headcounts.

Equitable employers outpace their competitors by respecting the unique needs, perspectives, and potential of all their team members.

Smart Leaders know a diverse workforce (in age, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender) brings diverse viewpoints and perspectives to the company; and can help develop great new products and great new ways to cater to customers.

According to research on company culture, when employees trust that they, and their colleagues, will be treated fairly regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or age, they are.

  • 9.8 times more likely to look forward to going to work

  • 6.3 times more likely to have pride in their work

  • 5.4 times more likely to want to stay a long time at their company

The benefits of diversity include higher revenue, more innovation, better decision-making, higher rates of job acceptance when you make offers to qualified candidates, and better performance than competitors.

Though the advantages of diversity are well established, difficulties from a managerial and organizational perspective can reduce optimal incorporation. However, these challenges can be easily controlled by the top management using strategic measures.

In this week’s video, Sunaina Vij, interculturalist, linguist, and D&I strategist gives actionable insights on how leaders can bring DEI discussions and actions to their whole organization.

#Diversity #Inclusion #Success #CompanyCulture

About the Speaker:

Ms. Sunaina Vij is a certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator (CQ) and a linguist. Based in Mumbai, she founded The Bridge to facilitate intercultural growth in the multicultural subcontinent of India. She is associated with various organizations such as the American School of Bombay, Alliance française de Bombay, and Renaissance strategic Consultant Pvt. Ltd. She is also a part of SIETAR Europa (Society for Intercultural Training and Research) 2019 organizing committee. With over a decade of experience, she has worked with senior management of different organizations such as AREVA India Pvt Ltd., Ernst & Young, Intelnet Global, and State Bank of India- Société Générale. She has also worked with educational institutions in India and expats living in Mumbai. Her areas of expertise include Cross-Cultural communication, Cultural Intelligence facilitation, and inclusive work practice. She is an FLE specialist (teaching French as a foreign language). She knows English, Hindi, French, and three Indian regional languages.

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