What Is Diversity & Equality in the Workplace?

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What Is Diversity & Equality in the Workplace?
Diversity and equality in the workplace can help eliminate employees feeling isolated. (walking to work image by Photosani from Fotolia.com)

Prejudice, discrimination, and unequal treatment of employees during or after the hiring process is unethical and often unlawful. Diversity and equality in the workplace are simply the opposite of this; they are the equal treatment and respect of people from different backgrounds.

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Workplace Diversity

Diversity can be defined as differences in gender, ethnicity, age, values, lifestyle, sexual orientation, appearance, education, religion, disabilities, marital status and economic status.

Equality in the Workplace

Workplace equality refers to the equal pay and treatment of employees in similar job positions with similar qualifications, without regard to ethnicity, gender, background or any other demographic quality.

Management Responsibilities

The management team in your workplace has the responsibility of ensuring that policies and programs are in place to promote diversity and equality.


Many offices have awareness programs that stimulate dialogue and education about varying cultural practices, religions, family values and lifestyles. These programs can make your work environment more hospitable and accepting of differences.

Programs and Activities

Games and exercises exist to help broaden the perspective of the staff at your workplace. Diversity activities and awareness programs can be essential to a peaceful work environment that effectively hires and retains a diverse workforce.

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