In this comment piece, Paul Armstrong Group Director of Reactive Recruitment encourages business leaders to look around their office and ask themselves do they see a unique team of workers all bringing something different to your company? This piece explores the importance of having diversity in the workplace.
Diversity in the workplace gives your company the creative edge needed to stand out. Not only this but it also opens your teams experience. Having a diverse workforce includes having a team with a wide variety of personalities, skills and work experience.
Working in a diverse office helps employees grow as they gain insight from different perspectives. New recruits will be more attracted to your diverse company where they can develop and learn from their colleagues, over those competitors who don’t opt for diversity in the workplace. You will eventually find that you are drawing talented candidates from around the globe.
Having people all bringing something unique to your company will help you keep up or get ahead of your competitors. The benefit being that having a team with many different cultural backgrounds means clients and customers will be able to relate to all staff.
Workers with different cultures and backgrounds will reduce the risk of prejudice in your workplace. Make sure to celebrate all national holidays that relate to each employee. Your effort will be appreciated which will increase productivity.
Diversity will bring a lot more opportunity to the workforce, you will have your team all bringing different ideas and skills to your company. Make sure to listen to everyone and take note of what they are suggesting. You will find that clients are more interested in a company that adopts this type of workplace.
Ensure your workplace is suited to all ages and cultures. This means more than handing out a few beers on a Friday or ordering work competitions and events. Consider this more important changes needed such as ease of movement around the office.
Diversity shouldn’t just be a keyword that you throw around your office, act on this strategy and you will see your business grow. Always aim to have a varied team of workers, it increases your overall brand presence, benefits your company with all the different ideas and characteristics and helps employee’s grow.