Six Misunderstood Concepts About Diversity in the Workplace and Why They Matter (The Conversation)

Talent Development
June 1, 2022


Across the month of June PrimeGlobal will be focusing on the insight theme, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and will be sharing content and member news on this topic to raise awareness of this ever evolving subject.

If you would like to submit an article and highlight interesting and insightful initiatives that your firm has undertaken to support Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the workplace you can do so here.


As employers, employees and members of PrimeGlobal, there are a whole host of ways you can demonstrate commitment to DEI in the workplace, including sign the CEO ACT!ON pledge, undertaking Cultural Intelligence training, accessing resources on our dedicated DEI page or registering for PrimeGlobal's Women's Leadership Summit.

And let's not forget, that June is also Pride Month, which sees events taking place across the globe to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, and everybody is welcome!

Inclusion for all

Because that's the whole point of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; you don't have to be a woman to support women in leadership, nor do you have to be LGBTQ+ to attend Pride events, you just need to have a commitment to the belief that DEI matters, and furthermore, that this commitment will lead to the recruitment, retention, and development, of the greatest talent within the accountancy industry today.

However, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are not just part of a box ticking exercise. Diverse and inclusive teams, along with an equitable culture, create a dynamic work environment that inspires creativity and innovation. But DEI is a sensitive, and often confusing topic, even the words and terminology can be a bewildering minefield if you have never come across them before.

Misunderstood concepts

In an excellent and insightful article in the not-for-profit online magazine, The Conversation, Dr Ciarán McFadden-Young of Napier University, Edinburgh, gives meaning to six of the most misunderstood concepts about diversity in the workplace, and why they matter.

A lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization, Ciarán writes about the meaning for words such as 'Allyship', 'Intersectionality', 'Class Discrimination', and the 'Gender Pay gap'.

He also goes on to explain how 'Privileged' should not be confused with 'Privilege'. Indeed, 'privilege doesn’t refer to what you have gone through, but what you haven’t had to go through'. For example, “White privilege”, does not mean that white people are always privileged, but that a white person 'will not have to consider whether they will face discrimination going about their every day lives simply because of their skin colour'.

The final word on the list of misunderstood concepts is 'pronouns', and some of us here at PrimeGlobal have added our pronouns to our email signatures. This is purely a personal choice, it is neither right nor wrong to do so. It is however, a way of showing your solidarity with trans and non-binary people and just another small way you can demonstrate your personal commitment to DEI.

To read the full article written by Ciarán and gain a deeper understanding of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion visit The Conversation, Six misunderstood concepts about diversity in the workplace and why they matter.