Diversity and Inclusion in your workforce
There are numerous benefits to having a diverse workforce including attracting the best talent and improving market competitiveness and the reputation of your business.
Building a team with people of different ages, religions, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicities, and people with disabilities can help you to serve a diverse range of customers, can increase productivity and can help with keeping your team and happy and motivated.
An inclusive team can mean that your employees feel valued in the workplace. New ideas and different ways of working can be brought to your business from people of different backgrounds and experience. Workers can feel safe to be innovative because others around them do.
Potential employees can find a diverse and inclusive workforce an attractive proposition. Incidences of bullying, harassment and discrimination can be reduced – they become less likely.
Employee engagement as a whole is likely to be greater with a diverse workforce. Employees share personal experiences and learn about others’ lives and backgrounds therefore helping to build trusting relationships. This can help to reduce negative situations involving racism, homophobia, sexism etc. A workforce from different backgrounds becomes the norm.
A diverse collection of skills and experiences can also help your business to relate to a wider range of clients from different backgrounds. The reputation of your business as adaptable can improve.
Employees may specifically look for an employer who embraces diversity and they may feel that employer is more progressive and therefore more attractive.
Embracing diversity of ideas, ways of working and experiences
Being open to differences can be valuable to your organisation. A diverse workforce can bring a range of new approaches. A different perspective can be valuable and can bring fresh ideas into the business that you have never considered before. This can contribute towards a thriving business.
Employing a diverse workforce is not just a tick box exercise. Working towards a culture of valuing all in the workplace can produce a happier environment. Allowing people to be open and about who they are can relieve stresses and tensions amongst employees.
Disadvantages of “one size fits all”
Having a team who are all from the same background could be quite dull! You could be limiting your access to a pool of talent that could contribute to the financial success of your business. By opening up to a wide range of potential employees you stand a much better chance of getting the right person through the door.
In a competitive environment where skills are the key to improving your bottom line a diverse workforce is increasingly necessary in order to succeed.
There are many underrepresented groups in the workforce, an autistic employee for example may have a greater attention to detail than average and could offer a new perspective. An employee who has worked in an industry similar to yours but overseas may have interesting experience to bring, a young employee can help introduce new skills that the older generation may not have.
Creating and embracing a diverse and inclusive workforce doesn’t have to be difficult and with a mind open to differences and inclusion you could improve many aspects of your business.