In what has been among the best weeks of his career, Yuki Bhambri’s strong run at the BNP Paribas Open came to an end in the third round. The Indian qualifier put up a gritty fight in a close clash, but went down in a tough three-setter to 18th seed Sam Querrey on Wednesday morning.
The world no 110, who has stunned world No 12 Lucas Pouille in the second round, lost 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6 in a match lasting 2 hours and 22 minutes. It was a close fight, with only a 10-point difference between the two in the end; Querrey won 111 to Bhambri’s 101, a difference of 52% to 48%.
Days after the biggest win of his career over the world No 12, Bhambri started on a strong taking the first set over the much higher-ranked player in a tiebreaker. He took the early advantage leading 4-2 before Querrey made it 5-5 in the first set and was then broken while serving to close it out. But he nosed ahead in the tiebreak.
The second set followed a different pattern as a tiring Bhambri could not sustain the momentum and intensity as the world No 21 powered on. Querrey, who was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon and reached the US Open quarters, was a little better at the clutch moments, giving away only three break points. Two of these were converted by Bhambri, but the more telling stat was that he faced a break of serve 15 times, saving 11 of those breakpoints.
The American was also heavy on serve, thundering own 17 aces to win 83% of first serve points. The 25-year-old won 59% of his service points to his opponent’s 67, but only 33 % of return points to Querrey’s 41.
Despite the loss, the Indian’s first Masters 1000 win and a top-10 upset will give him a huge boost for the rest of the season, along with a prize money of $47K and 61 points in the ATP rankings table.
It's not just about goodwill - inclusivity is a good business decision.
To reach a 50-50 workplace scenario, policies on diversity need to be paired with a culture of inclusiveness. While diversity brings equal representation in meetings, board rooms, promotions and recruitment, inclusivity helps give voice to the people who might otherwise be marginalized or excluded. Inclusion at workplace can be seen in an environment that values diverse opinions, encourages collaboration and invites people to share their ideas and perspectives. As Verna Myers, a renowned diversity advocate, puts it “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Creating a sense of belonging for everyone is essential for a company’s success. Let’s look at some of the real benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace:
Better decision making
A whitepaper by Cloverpop, a decision making tool, established a direct link between inclusive decision making and better business performance. The research discovered that teams that followed an inclusive decision-making process made decisions 2X faster with half the meetings and delivered 60% better results. As per Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino, this report highlights how diversity and inclusion are practical tools to improve decision making in companies. According to her, changing the composition of decision making teams to include different perspectives can help individuals overcome biases that affect their decisions.
Higher job satisfaction
Employee satisfaction is connected to a workplace environment that values individual ideas and creates a sense of belonging for everyone. A research by Accenture identified 40 factors that influence advancement in the workplace. An empowering work environment where employees have the freedom to be creative, innovative and themselves at work, was identified as a key driver in improving employee advancement to senior levels.
A research by Catalyst.org stated the in India, 62% of innovation is driven by employee perceptions of inclusion. The study included responses from 1,500 employees from Australia, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the United States and showed that employees who feel included are more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty, suggest new and innovative ways of getting work done.
Shirley Engelmeier, author of ‘Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage’, in her interview with Forbes, talks about the new global business normal. She points out that the rapidly changing customer base with different tastes and preferences need to feel represented by brands. An inclusive environment will future-proof the organisation to cater to the new global consumer language and give it a competitive edge.
An inclusive workplace ensures that no individual is disregarded because of their gender, race, disability, age or other social and cultural factors. Accenture has been a leading voice in advocating equal workplace. Having won several accolades including a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate equality index, Accenture has demonstrated inclusive and diverse practices not only within its organisation but also in business relationships through their Supplier Inclusion and Diversity program.
In a video titled ‘She rises’, Accenture captures the importance of implementing diverse policies and creating an inclusive workplace culture.
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