As I look back at the previous year, I am struck by how far diversity in the workplace has come. And, as I look forward to the next year, I am enthused about the many opportunities we all have to take diversity much further—until, together, we have succeeded in making everyone’s “working life more human.”
Isn’t that, after all, the real goal of diversity—that every person is seen as a unique and valuable human being, accepted as they are, and worthy of respect, even kindness?
In the next year, Diversity Journal will continue to delve into a key issue limiting the full realization of a diverse workplace—the “invisible” traits we respond to subconsciously. We may not realize that we tend to hire tall executives or promote employees with outgoing personalities, but it happens. One of the last and most stubborn barriers to true diversity is our tendency to hire, manage, and promote based on subconscious personal preferences. Recognizing and overcoming unconscious bias, along with understanding the value of thought diversity, will benefit not only millions of talented people, but also the organizations lucky enough to have them.
In our January/February issue, we will feature a group of people close to our hearts—our nation’s military veterans. We will talk about the challenges returning veterans may encounter as they reenter the civilian workforce, the special abilities they bring to the workplace, strategies you can use to recruit and retain vets, and ERGs and other initiatives that support these heroes. And we will share inspiring stories of individual successes.
I believe this will be the best year yet.
James R. Rector, Publisher