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Beyond the benefits of diversity

The dialogue now should be focused on inclusivity in the workplace, writes Tunde Okewale MBE

28 June 2016

To facilitate change and improve the retention and progression of candidates from diverse backgrounds, the focus needs to be on inclusion. The big question is: are we trying to assimilate people from diverse backgrounds into the established norms of the profession or are we trying to change the culture of profession? I believe the answer should be the latter.

We need to be careful to avoid workplace diversity evolving into solely a business necessity, rather than being driven by an emotive discourse and moral case for equality towards the individual, leading to an enhanced performance.

Instead of focusing on the outdated debate about the benefits of diversity in the workplace, let us focus on the matter of inclusivity. Managing the diversity that now exists has become a bigger problem. The approach to recruitment into the legal profession has improved, but issues remain surrounding progression ...

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