Variety is the spice of life, an adage we hear more frequently as the progression of equality in the contemporary world continues along the passage of time. In the wake of the exponential acceptance of once taboo subject matters involving disability, gender, race, religion and sexual disposition, diversity has reached exceptional heights of acknowledgement and recognition. The importance of this is vital for the understanding and inclusiveness of all people. Fundamentally, it is through diversity that a positive and workable model of cohesion can be formed. This allows a variety of employment opportunities for a range of people from different backgrounds to harmoniously integrate their perspectives into a universal, openly flexible workforce.
Diversity is not solely an umbrella term to define differentiation between people, it is alsoa collaborative signifier of possibility and of untapped potential. Where would we be now if rich businesses maintained the 19thCentury rote structure of hiring people as “hands” (not “brains”) to perform all types of manual labour ? We could still be living in a robotic, dystopian, formulaic and bigoted society, trying to keep the common man in line and prohibiting ideas that could create change. There is no room left for employers to implement biased practices in their processes of employment.
Clarity4D's colour identification system helps to identify how important it is to recognise diversity to establish a stabilised and healthy workplace. Clarity4D focuses on key behavioural archetypes that define us all, implementing the universal language of colour to represent diversity using the 4 elements of earth, water, air and fire to describe them. Whether introverted or extraverted,reserved or forthright, we all deserve to feel welcomed by our environment. We need to feel comfortable wherever we are - in the workplace, at home or socialising with friends- we need to feel included.
Recognising and embracing diversity does not come naturally to everyone and is something that may have to be learned. The reasons why we still have resistance to diversity in our society is up for debate; some might point to the faults in our education system, others may blame the quality of parenthood, but there seems to be a steady awareness of the need to overcome bigotry in all areas of life. We can't forget, however, that the world is made up of a diverse range of people, some we get on well with and then some we do not. We can't strive to succeed in fulfilling our potential as an individual if we are not prepared to respect each other’s differences.
In summary, diversity is everywhere and we cannot escape it. When we embrace diversity it enriches our lives by expanding our thinking and creates potential for development and change to enable further growth and maturity. We could be living in the world of the 19thCentury without it.