Diversity in the Workplace
When an organization is made up of a varied workforce, consisting of people with different characteristics, there is said to be diversity in the workplace. Individuals of differing ages, from different cultures and backgrounds, contribute their perspectives to the work environment, to the overall benefit of the company or group.
- Why is diversity important in the workplace ?
- How to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace
- Challenges of diversity in the workplace
- Diversity in the workplace examples
- The importance of diversity in the workplace
The importance of Diversity in the Workplace
Gaining importance in the HR field, diversity is becoming justifiably valued as a major consideration when planning and compiling any workforce. It allows organizations to attract valuable talent that will add to the culture and overall workplace environment.
A diverse workplace yields tangible benefits. As well as improving the company's reputation, actively implementing diversity policies manifests a wider range of skill sets, viewpoints and perspectives. This, in turn, drives innovation and leads to better decision making and, consequently, more profitable outcomes.
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How to promote Diversity and Inclusion in your Workplace
Implementation of diversity initiatives involves changing processes and systems and investing resources into teams, hiring from a wider talent pool, and making sure everyone feels included. A balanced workplace makes every team member feel appreciated and valued, proud of their individuality and culture. This promotes a sense of connection throughout the organization that sets your teams up for success.
Challenges of Diversity
Although it may be universally agreed as 'the Right Thing to Do', creating a diverse workplace presents many unique challenges. Tackling these must start at the very top level, with the essential participation and full support of your executive management. Internal resistance and biases may need to be overcome when creating the culture of inclusion required to make diversity a priority.
All policies and practices should be analyzed and adapted to be non-discriminatory, allowing all participating voices to be heard and valued equally. Ongoing diversity training is required to ensure that the whole team remembers why a varied and equal opportunity workforce and its resulting workplace culture is essential to your organization.
Workplace Diversity Examples
Examples of diversity in the workplace would be to include people of differing:
• sexual orientation
• cultural background
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