Recently there have been many significant steps in the promotion of workplace diversity. Whether it’s affirmative action or more inclusive policy and practice. Our offices are becoming hubs of individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. Workplace diversity is one way for corporations and small businesses to pave the way for a more equitable community. However, there are also many benefits that diversity can have directly on the company.
The best part of diversity is that it brings fresh perspectives, backgrounds, and ideas to the table. If you’re discussing a new project or policy, it’s invaluable to have different approaches. Open discussion and debate are important for a company. Make sure you take advantage of different voices and allow a space for people to talk about new ideas!
Appeal to Different Demographics
Think about the community your company serves. Most likely, your clients come from different backgrounds, countries, and cultures. It’s important that the mix of your employees reflects the diversity of your consumer base. Diversity can mean many different things. When building your team or hiring new employees to try and ensure each has a different life story.
Here are a few suggestions on tackling diversity in the workplace:
- Make your workplace safe and open to women, the LGBTQ community, and transgender individuals. Facilitate and implement a strong no-harassment policy.
- Start a career development or outreach program to train applicants with less opportunity.
- Reach out to graduates fresh out of University, to help young professionals gain experience in your business.
- Encourage people who are multi-lingual to apply for your next job opening.
By having a diverse mix of people you can have a stronger and more successful business.
Be the Change You Want to See
The most important thing to keep in mind is that diversity needs to be genuine. There is no point having a token employee from a minority group just for the purpose of showcasing your new diverse workforce. Be mindful and have integrity with your decisions. Make your workplace one where anyone with the right attitude and work ethic can advance and have a fulfilling career.
Shatter that glass ceiling. Take affirmative action to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity. Not only will this build company morale but it will also show the public that your workplace is progressive, modern, and equitable.
Your company shouldn’t be stuck in the past, but looking towards the future. On top of this, your employees will feel more loyal to your company if they know there is a chance for fair advancement. There is nothing so disheartening than knowing that the cards are stacked against you. If everyone is treated based on their merit alone, you will have a more satisfied and energetic workforce.