Why is Diversity Important In The Workplace

What is Diversity in the Workplace?

A company with a genuinely diverse workforce employs a diverse variety of people regardless of:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Race
  • Ethnic backgrounds
  • Sexual orientation
  • Language
  • Levels of education
  • Physical ability
  • Social and economic background
Employees discussing why is diversity important in the workplace

Why is Diversity Important in the Workplace?

Companies often think of diversity in terms of being a tick-box exercise necessary to comply with anti-discrimination laws. However, there are also many benefits to actively encouraging diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Here are a few examples:

  • Variety of different perspectives
  • Increases creativity
  • Encourages innovative thinking
  • Diverse teams solve problems faster
  • Improves decision making
  • Increases profits
  • Encourages employee engagement
  • Improves employee retention
  • Makes your brand more relatable to a broader audience
  • A better understanding of customers needs
  • Boosts your employer brand
  • Attracts top talent
  • Improves brand reputation
  • Harmonious work environment

How to Promote Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

It’s all very well knowing that improving diversity brings many benefits to your organisation. Knowing where to start making changes is quite a challenge. Below are some actionable steps you can take to get your business moving towards a more diverse company culture.

Stop Viewing Diversity as a Box Ticking Exercise

Setting targets to improve diversity within your business won’t do anything on its own to improve your bottom line. Instead, consider why your company wants to reach that target.

Review Your Recruitment Process

We all prefer to operate within our comfort zone, which is why we tend to gravitate towards likeminded people. Whether we are conscious of it or not, this makes us guilty of hiring in the mirror. How many of us hire those who are most likely to fit in with the existing team?

Diverse interview panel

Educate Existing Management Team

If you want to see change within your business, it has to start at the top. Start by helping existing managers to understand the importance of workplace diversity. Provide management training that encourages them to support employees from different backgrounds. Ensure they have access to resources that enable them to promote and celebrate diversity within their teams.

Encourage Cross-Pollination

Actively encouraging cross-pollination between departments allows employees to work together creatively to achieve common goals. While doing so, they share knowledge and acquire a wider range of skills and experience.

Celebrate Cultural Diversity

Most companies in the UK celebrate Christmas even though only 22% of us do so for religious reasons. But how many companies make an effort to celebrate Eid, Divali, Hannukah or Chinese New Year?

A Few Final Thoughts on Diversity in the Workplace

Many companies are looking to make improvements to the way they do business in 2021. Considering why diversity is important in your workplace is an excellent place to start. The benefits of promoting diversity are so far-reaching that they by far outweigh any challenges that implementation might bring.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog