by Cliff Johnson
Originally published: February 1, 2017
The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today's answer to the question, “How can you play a role in advancing workplace equality?” is written by Cliff Johnson, cofounder and chief development officer of Vacasa.
I've always believed that businesses are strongest when they foster diversity and equality. Working with people of different ages, races, genders, and backgrounds gives you valuable insights and often leads to unique, disruptive solutions. This ultimately benefits your bottom line and helps you attract the best talent from all walks of life, but creating this type of environment is not easy. As the co founder and chief development officer of a global company, I have learned a few important lessons:
Ask the hard questions.
First, understand that equality and diversity aren't the same thing. Plenty of businesses pride themselves on having diverse junior and entry-level teams, but this diversity isn't reflected at the higher levels of the company. Even the most well-intentioned companies can improve when it comes to equality.