Diversity is about respecting and celebrating differences. The Equality Act 2010 sets a legislative framework for diversity in the workplace and whilst no UK employer has a choice about adhering to the legislation, we can choose whether or not we actively embrace diversity or simply stay within the rules.
At the beginning of 2015, the McKinsey report, Why Diversity Matters (January 2015), demonstrated that gender-diverse companies were 14 per cent more likely to perform better than non-diverse companies and ethnically diverse companies were a massive 35 per cent more likely to perform better.
The National Centre for Diversity tells us that a more proactive and positive approach to diversity in the workplace could mean a more eclectic pool of talent; attracting a wider purchasing audience; and unlocking more innovation for the construction industry.
Embracing diversity and working in unison gives us different and better ways of thinking.