Diversity in the workplace is increasingly becoming popular and for good reason. A diverse workforce encompasses a team of people from different races, genders, ages, religions and sexual orientations e.t.c. As a matter of fact, Millennials and Gen Z workers are actively on the lookout for diverse organizations with some uncompromising on their standards regardless of the recessions and job losses during the pandemic.
Diversity however needs to be paired with Inclusiveness. Diversity and Inclusion are similar but very different concepts and cannot be used interchangeably.
Inclusion means having an environment where people in the organization can be who they really are. Therefore, it makes sense to say that an organization with a diverse workforce has won half the battle. The other half involves creating an environment where the team can be who they really are without feeling judged or put down and that is what Inclusion is about.
The benefits of fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce are:
- Increased innovation and creativity
Having similar people in an organization means that there is very little room for fresh ideas. A diverse team brings about different perspectives since the team members have been exposed to different cultures and lifestyles.
- Increased productivity
A diverse team is more productive because there are new ideas to explore and different challenges to solve.
- Reduced Turnover
Employees feel valued and appreciated in a diverse and inclusive organization. This means that the employees are generally happier and find their work-life more fulfilling.
- Good Reputation
An organization that promotes diversity and inclusion is perceived in a more positive light. Potential clients and investors view the organization as open-minded therefore likely to capitalize on new opportunities.
We would love to hear from you, are there other advantages of a diverse and inclusive workforce you are familiar with?
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