BENEFITS OF DIVERSITY IN WORKPLACE

Businesses that understand the importance of diversity in the workplace are known to perform better both financially and culturally. When employees work with other people from different backgrounds, they have the opportunity to learn from one another to produce higher quality products and services. Having a diverse workplace will also foster a positive working environment in which your employees will grow and thrive.

Welcome to my blog on the significance of diversity in the workplace. Today’s workforce is more complex than ever before.

There are more:

  1. Women
  2. Cultural minorities
  3. Aging employee

To benefit from the diversity present in our workplace, we must learn to accept, value and manage it. In this article I will cover about the significance of diversity in the workplace, the goals and parts of diversity program, and how you can support and value diversity. After reading the entire article, you should be able to: define diversity, recognize the benefits of valuing workplace diversity, identify the legal aspects of diversity, list the goals and part of a diversity program, and discuss your role in managing workplace diversity.

Workplace Culture

Organizations that want to value diversity must develop diversity-friendly cultures. Diversity program help to develop such cultures. Diversity programs should aim at:

  • Promoting diversity in the workplace
  • Create an inclusive environment
  • Support staff so they can conduct daily activities in compliance with legal and organizational standards
  • Manage diversity issues through prevention, investigation, and deterrence.
  • Provide diversity education and training

N. B: All aspects of the diversity program should be clearly defined in written guidelines. These guide lines should be available to all employees.

When we think of diversity, we often think of differences in race, gender, ethnicity, and age. However, people in your workplace also differ in:

  • Marital status
  • Parental status
  • Job position
  • Income
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Military experience
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religious beliefs
  • Other beliefs, attitudes, and values
  • Personality
  • Learning and working styles

Significance of Diversity

Workplace diversity is about all of us. Workplace diversity affects all of us. We need to accept and embrace our differences. Then we can turn diversity into an asset.

What It Means to Value Diversity

To value diversity, we must learn to:

  • Accept and appreciate differences among people
  • Understand our coworkers
  • Avoid treating some coworkers as insiders and others as outsiders
  • Acknowledge the strength and weakness of each person
  • Work together as a team

Benefits of Valuing Diversity

Benefits of valuing diversity include:

  • Personal exploration and growth
  • Increased productivity
  • Compliance with laws: Organizations that value diversity comply with laws that prohibit workplace discrimination.

Personal Exploration and Growth

Diversity training encompasses introspection. Workers should examine their own:

  1. Values
  2. Beliefs
  3. Attitudes
  4. Assumption
  5. Biases

This will help employee learn to question social conditioning and develop broader perspectives.

Increased Productivity

Coworkers who understand, accept, and respect one another, will be able to work effectively as a team. To value diversity is to create a more productive work environment. In addition, if workers value diversity, achieving group goals will be easier and when team members learn to turn differences into win-win solutions, the team will be successful.

When employees with diverse backgrounds collaborate on projects, this will promote innovation on your team and within your organization. Innovation will come from the conflicts that arise when teams are diverse. When you listen to many different ideas from different types of people, you will have the opportunity to combine ideas to create innovation for your products or services.

Legal Compliance: Affirmative Action

EEOC laws have led to the development of affirmative action policies and initiatives. These policies and initiatives:

  1. Help correct employment inequality
  2. Help to recruit, employ, train, and promote workers who have been excluded from certain jobs
  3. May be mandated by the government

Affirmative action has increased workplace diversity. Affirmative action has increased employment opportunity for groups previously excluded from certain jobs. To value diversity, we must do more than just employ different types of people. We must fully accept and appreciate workplace diversity.

Summary

Thank you for reading my article about the significance of workplace diversity.

Remember:

  • Workplace diversity is about all of us
  • To value diversity, employees must accept, understand, respect, and include all workers.
  • Benefits of valuing diversity include personal growth, increased productivity, and compliance with laws.
  • It is illegal to make employment decisions based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability.
  • The EEOC embraces federal anti-discrimination laws

An individual’s feeling of being treated equitably is the true measure of a company’s commitment to diversity. This means that as an organization, you have to communicate and connect with each employee not only as a member of the workforce, but as an individual. Indeed, this realization can actually be the driving force of a company’s success, when individuals’ unique attributes are put to a use that not only suits the company, but also the employee her/himself.

 

 

 

 

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