Monday, May 1, 2017

Top Workplaces: Workplace diversity is smart business - MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

by Rick Romell
Originally published: April 28. 2017

Diversity in the workplace isn’t just a social measure. It’s smart business.

So says academic research, and so say managers at some of Wisconsin’s most outstanding workplaces.

“Having a diverse workforce just leads to broader ideas, and allows us to continue to improve and grow,” said Jane Peterson, recruiting manager at Steinhafels Inc.

Eileen Ridley, a partner at Foley & Lardner and the big law firm’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, agreed.

“No question,” she said when asked whether having diverse voices weigh in on issues leads to better solutions. “And quite frankly our clients are looking for more-diverse teams, and understandably so.”