Here at Lensa, we value diversity and inclusion. Not only do we practice principles of diversity within our own company, but we’re also in a unique position to gain insight into the current state of diversity in the overall jobs market. After crunching the numbers on tens of thousands of companies, we’ve compiled a list of the most diverse companies in 2021 and noted some of the principles at work across industries.
While the word diversity causes many among us to immediately jump to thinking about issues related to race and ethnicity, the true definition of diversity is much more… well, diverse.
Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs. (Ferris State University)
In 2021, the most diverse companies foster a work environment that values the full spectrum of human diversity. This means going beyond mere representation and actively works to ensure that everyone is involved, included, and empowered in their chosen industries.
Why Diversity Matters
When people are not valued for who they truly are, they not only fail to connect meaningfully with their work and their colleagues, but they are also in a poor position to accomplish their best work.
Studies have repeatedly shown that fostering diversity leads to more creative teams, routinely boosts a company’s bottom line, and influences teams to make better business decisions 87% of the time.
That’s because on truly diverse teams, you have people who
- Think differently
- Hold varying mindsets
- Bring diverging perspectives
- Enjoy separate motivations
- Carry memories of different life experiences
While different points of view can create some friction (and very often increased tension), it has been proven time and again that diverse teams routinely perform better than “frictionless” teams.
That’s because when everyone in the room follows similar lines of thought, there are always gaps in perspective. Without anyone to raise questions, push back, or add nuance based on a different set of life experiences, a team with monolithic experiences may be moving from a more seemingly confident but infinitely less prepared position.
Fortunately, here in 2021, we have a number of companies showing us exactly what it looks like to value diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
The Top 10 Most Diverse Companies in 2021
Based on the available data, these companies are working to get it right.
Gender Ratio: 50.3% Male / 49.7% Female
Diversity Score: 98.95
Gender Ratio: 50.2% Female / 49.8% Male
Diversity Score: 98.67
Gender Ratio: 50% Female / 50% Male
Diversity Score: 98.49
Gender Ratio: 50.9% Male / 49.1% Female
Diversity Score: 98.36
Gender Ratio: 50.9% Female / 49.1% Male
Diversity Score: 98.22
Gender Ratio: 50.6% Female / 49.4% Male
Diversity Score: 98.06
Gender Ratio: 50.9% Female / 49.1% Male
Diversity Score: 97.96
Gender Ratio: 51.3% Female / 48.7% Male
Diversity Score: 97.81
Gender Ratio: 51.1% Female / 48.9% Male
Diversity Score: 97.76
Gender Ratio: 50.5 % Female / 49.5% Male
Diversity Score: 97.71
What Companies Do for Diversity
When companies go out of their way to emphasize diversity and inclusion in the workplace, they not only attract top talent and outperform companies that don’t bother, but they also foster environments in which everyone can experience a safe and equitable work environment. In that safe space, all employees are in the best position to do their most creative and focused work.
Making diversity and inclusion a priority goes beyond improving brand image and impacts the quality of life among staff and employees. Since many people spend the bulk of their waking hours at work, company diversity can literally ensure that diversity becomes a more fully-integrated way of life for all Americans.
And that’s a win for everybody.
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