Here at Microsoft you hear a lot of talk about diversity. You can get some kind of fluffy idea of what I'm talking about from the link, but the fact that is that by being written in corporate-speak it loses some impact. Let me try to put it into my own words instead.
Diversity rocks. The people that you work with day in and day out are not just really really intelligent, they are also different from you - in wonderful ways that you may never have thought of before. And a bland 'acceptance', hard to find in other places, well it's just the first step - this diversity deal goes much further.
We not only accept diversity, but welcome diversity, highlight diversity, encourage diversity. The result is an environment where creativity has room to grow, not just by setting individuals free of restraining rules and ideas, but by leveraging all the variety that's around to interact with. And it comes in different dimensions as well: diverse technical ideas, political views, experiences, places of origin, dietary habits, family lives, etc.
Ultimately, what I like to most is just how much this enriches my life. I spend most of my waking hours Monday through Friday at a job I love, working with people that teach me to look at everything from a different point of view just by being who they are. And there is room for me for being true to who I am as well.
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