Our 8 Diversity Topics

Our 8 diversity topics reflect the genuine variety of identities which can appear in the workplace and in life. While it may seem ironic to categorise diversity, categorization is necessary to facilitate meaningful discussion about diversity issues.

In our attempts to define a person, particular characteristics will immediately spring to mind, such as gender or age. Upon further reflection, more traits become obvious.

We wanted to include the entirety of the diversity of our communities on Includeed, so we needed our topics to be as broad as possible. However, hundreds of subtopics would be useless for our community.

Our 8 diversity topics cover most key identifiers we can apply to people in society. They are universals shared by everyone. While universal, these topics still define each of us as a unique individual, and yet they should not limit us.

Continue on for a description of each diversity topic. If you think something important is missing, please let us know!

Ability, Health & Appearance

Our physical abilities and state of health have the capacity to strongly determine our career opportunities. You may need adapted facilities to perform the same work as your colleagues. Some people face explaining to their team how their chronic illness impacts their daily life. It’s not only legally disabled people who face physical discrimination. You may ideally need to be stronger or thinner to feel fully accepted as part of the group. An atypical appearance may make you feel self-conscious.

Age

Age is a predictive factor of professional opportunities. We divide this topic into two subcategories on our platform, as under 35 years old and over 50 years old. This is because we recognize that junior members and senior members of the workforce are particularly discriminated against. That being said, the challenges for both groups of people are ultimately too distant for them to be collected into a single category.

Ethnicity & Nationality

Ethnicity is not just about skin colour, although that is often used as an easy way to group people visually. There are many hidden factors that can come into play in relation to ethnicity. We define a person’s ethnic group as a heritage shared by all its members. It can either be a place of origin, a nationality, a language, a culture or a shared history.

Gender

Gender is not a person’s sex, because this is determined by biological characteristics. In contrast, gender is determined by someone’s psychological, social and cultural aspects of their identity. The Gender category encompasses those who identify as female, male, transgender, intersex, and all other employees who do not feel that the traditional labels represent them.

Mental Health

Mental health is your level of psychological well-being. This topic includes classical mental disorders, such as depression, addiction, ADHD or learning disabilities, mood disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and any other disorder. You don’t need to have a recognized mental illness to be discriminated against, or to feel excluded. This category includes other factors as well, such as stress-sensitivity.

Religious Beliefs

Every aspect of faith, life philosophy, and the practice or absence of religion come together in this topic.

Sexual Orientation

Sexual orientation is your romantic and/or sexual attraction towards people of the opposite or same sex. Other types of romantic relationships are included in this category that you may feel uncomfortable talking about at work. For example, there being a significant age difference between you and your partner.

Socioeconomic Status

Your socioeconomic and educational backgrounds can prevent you from benefiting from equal opportunities at work. For instance, if all your colleagues studied in the same university, it has the capacity to make you feel excluded at work.