Creating Equal Opportunity for Underrepresented Communities
Updated: Jul 5, 2020
Workplace diversity is taking the HR world by storm. More than ever, employers are prioritizing diversity and inclusion initiatives and investing resources into making sure their teams are set up for success. Focusing on diversity and inclusion is not only the smart thing to do for your business, but also the right thing to do for humanity.
In this post, we’ll review the tangible and intangible benefits of workplace diversity, the challenges that come with it, and what you can do to get started on related initiatives today.
Diversity in the workplace refers to an organization that intentionally employs a workforce comprised of individuals of varying gender, religion, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, and other attributes.
When you hire people from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures, you’re bringing a fresh array of perspectives to the table. This can lead to benefits like better problem solving and increased productivity. Think of it as a scavenger hunt: will you find more success by sending everyone on the team in the same direction? Or will you gather information more quickly by having a team that splits up strategically?
Employees are no longer simply seeking a 9-to-5 job that pays well. They’re looking for space where they can grow, feel accepted, and be challenged. That’s why a company that embraces diversity will attract a wider range of candidates who are looking for a progressive place to work. As a result, diverse companies are more likely to attract the best talent.
Diversity and inclusion go hand-in-hand. When you create a work environment where employees see a representation of a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, they’re more likely to feel comfortable being themselves. This, in turn, leads to happier, more productive employees.