Diversity and Productivity

01 May 2015 8:06 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

Diversity is a bit of a buzz word.  We are all, as employers, encouraged to monitor and manage diversity in our workforce.  But is there any evidence that having a diverse workforce makes any significant difference to an organisation?


Anecdotal evidence is fine.  And, of course, there is a degree of 'intuition' about making sure you exploit the talents and skills of all parts of the potential workforce.  But 'real' difference?


I don't know ... BUT... I came across something the other day that make me think.


A paper was published recently in the journal  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggesting that when plant biodiversity declines, the remaining plants have lower productivity.


Can we draw a parallel with human diversity.  Probably not ... but it does make you think, doesn't it?


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