Modern HR departments understand that diversity increases the general strength of businesses and organizations. People from different backgrounds and experiences offer different views of the world, different (but not disparate) solutions to solving problems, and unprecedented opportunities to synergize and create positive change in their respective industries, if not the world.
If evolution, after all, has taught us anything it is that adaptability, not strength, is what allows a species to thrive in a perpetually changing universe. Diversity is the engine of adaptability, and can be the very factor that generates success as companies venture into the uncertainties of the future. Sadly, many companies are not there yet. Not even close.
Diversity continues to be thwarted by the usual suspects: sexism, racism, homophobia, ageism, fearful souls, judgmental minds, and the hateful intoxication of ignorance. Progress, of course, has been made, and everyone of every race, belief, and color deserves credit for their role – no matter how small – in the effort to increase diversity in the work place. However, every great change in a society is challenged by the inertia of the past, and in the U.S. and most countries around the world that past is as powerful and entrenched as our loyalty to our own subjectively edited versions of our personal histories.
The truth is we have a long, long way to go. Take, for instance, this video clip below brought to our attention by this article on Mother Jones. For those in HR trying to advance the profession and industry it’s exasperating not because HR folks don’t understand the power of beauty, the innate unfairness of life, and the role of sex appeal in human dynamics, but simply because of its crass celebration of the objectification of other human beings. It is everything our workplaces, and society, have been fighting against. HR professionals deal with human nature every day in their plights to make their workplace cultures respectful. This behavior represents how much work remains and illustrates the continuing need for HR departments, regardless of one’s political orientation: