OK, so this one is strictly speaking not from HBR but inspired by them. I truly think that looking at the changes in workforce accelerated by the pandemic, the changes in the way we work and the changes in what is being expected from an employer and member of the workforce (using the most inclusive terminology here) the role of inclusion and diversity on the work floor is becoming urgent. Inclusion on the (virtual) work floor is not a nice-to-have but a good business case for attracting, retaining and developing your talent. Whether that talent is on a permanent or flexible basis working for you. Looking at the aspirations of most organizations, it is to be the most innovative, having the highest agility, the greatest engagement… these aspirations require very complex skills which can only be obtained by great team work where the team is composed out of individuals together adding to cognitive diversity. Cognitive diversity = diversity on differences in perspectives, insights, experiences and thought patterns.
Looking at freelancers, that means the fresh perspective we bring, the new insights, experiences from other clients and projects. In other words, do you want to embrace the Future of Work? Start with hiring more freelancers!
Inclusive greetings, Ashmita Krishna Sharma
- owner and creative strategist at Sparkling Gems www.sparkling-gems.nl
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