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Diversity for diversities sake: what are your thoughts?

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I am an "underrepresented minority", so take this as you will. I prefer having diverse viewpoints, experienced and backgrounds on my team. I'm not sure if there is actual well done studies to back up any of my anecdotal thoughts, but I feel it is critical in creating a happy and cohesive team. It's enjoyable to learn about each other's cultures and also refreshing to be challenged on a viewpoint I otherwise would have made my mind up about. As a minority, I think it's important for firms to continue their focus on it - not out of selfishness to be promoted or anything, but rather if they want to keep people like me. I'm not blind and I can see the investment or lack of it being made in recruitment - I also look upward and see a lack of my minority at the Partner level. I won't lie, that sort of causes me some doubts (not a ton, I'm secure in my skill/work) as to my ability to 1) make it to that level and 2) to "fit in" and succeed at the PPED level if I stuck around/made it there.

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As a white guy - more diversity brings different perspectives and leads to better outcomes.

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I have yet to see diversity for diversity sake. Most programs get people a chance to at least interview. PA still loves to recruiter at predominantly white schools so diversity will continue to be lacking unless they modify their strategy.

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I think that the token diversity thing may apply elsewhere, but in PA I don't honestly see it as token.

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I don't believe in the whole "diversity makes better teams" stuff. Unless a client is from a certain culture anf you match your team to it it doesnt make much difference. If cultures are very different within a team that can lead to conflict just as much as it can lead to cohesion. Firms have diversity quotas for marketing purposes mainly, and sometimes pass on more qualified white and Asian kids for this purpose.

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That's an iffy subject in PA. However, it takes time. Firms are trying, some more than others. I believe that the socioeconomic environment has a lot to do with it.

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I think that it's less for the sake of diversity and more that studies have shown that diverse groups produce better results. Do we have a ways to go, absolutely, but it seems that PA is aware.

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Diversity is great. If I had everyone on my team with the same personality or background we would be weaker. I find that my teams that are more diverse result in better audits because we attack problems differently. Smart people who think differently boost audit quality.

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And if you're American you are going to think 95% the same work culture wise regardless of the racially diverse hiring. There's only so many perspecrives on grinding out work papers and not pissing off a client.

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What other sakes are there?

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sake bombs

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I've been on teams led by someone on a 4 month working transfer to our office and the cultural differences really hindered things. Wasn't a racial issue they were white but didn't fit in with American work culture at all.

Every audit team needs an old old ship

^wooden ship* damn it, ruined the punchline 😩

lol try again ...diversity for diversity's sake

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