TYPES OF DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE YOU NEED TO KNOW

TYPES OF DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE YOU NEED TO KNOW

In a previous article, we covered the basics of ‘what is diversity?’ with a brief definition, list of diverse characteristics and a few quotes from companies on what diversity means in the workplace. Now we’re taking a deeper dive into the distinct characteristics that make each and every one of us unique from one another.

Keep in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list. While diversity encompasses the spectrum of infinite dissimilarities that distinguish individuals from one another, there are a few areas that are more commonly discussed in the HR and recruiting realm. That being said, we are focusing on the top 34 types of diversity characteristics.

TOP 34 TYPES OF DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

The number of factors that define diversity is truly unlimited. Throughout an individual’s life, the unique biological and genetic predispositions, experiences and education alter who they are as a person. These nature versus nurture interactions are what diversify and evolve the human race, allowing individuals to connect and learn from each other.

While such idiosyncrasies are infinite, there are a number of factors commonly discussed, considered and tracked. If you’re looking to better understand the topic of diversity, you should know the following individual differences that are commonly considered when discussing diversity in the workplace.

COGNITIVE DISABILITIES

Cognitive disabilities, also known as intellectual functioning, are recognized by the EEOC when an individual meets this criteria:

  • Intellectual functioning level (IQ) below 70-75
  • Significant limitations in adaptive skills — the basic conceptual, social and practical skills needed for everyday life
  • Disability began before age 18

Different functioning may affect an individual’s memory, problem-solving abilities, attention, communication, linguistics, as well as verbal, reading, math and visual comprehension. However, having an intellectual disability does not mean the person is not capable of great success as an employee.

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