The topic of diversity in the workplace spans many years of long debates. Whereas some managers feel the need to diversify, others pay very little attention to the importance of workplace diversity. However, companies with a wide range of employees enjoy broader skill sets and points of view, all of which combine to give diverse companies a powerful advantage over homogeneous ones.
The topic of diversity goes far beyond gender to include people of different races, sexual orientations, and other differentiating factors which all bring something unique to the table.
With the benefits of diversity remaining a mystery to some employers, let’s look at the importance of diversity in the workplace;
1. Drives Innovation and Creativity
If the adage “more hands make lighter work” is true, then consider the idea that more and differing perspectives bring new and innovative ideas that can grow the company. Having different people with different ideas working as a team can’t be anything less than a blessing for your companies growth.
2. Increases Productivity
More people working to solve a problem means the organization can come up with solutions faster in a more effective manner. This means companies that embrace and value diversity are likely to be more productive. This also calls for knowing the best methods to manage a team effectively to boost their performance.
3. Decreased Turnover Rate
Millennials will make up nearly half of the workforce in less than three years. A key component of millennial culture is the value placed on multiculturalism and the understanding of globalization of the job market. If a company does not value these, then that population will leave and result in high turnover in the company.
4. Easy Recruitment
In the white paper research that was conducted recently by Jobberman Ghana titled; millennials and the digital marketplace, 71.3% of the people stated that they consider gender equality in an organization when deciding whether to accept a job. This explains the fact that the more diverse your organization is, the more you attract job seekers for your vacant roles.
Diversity doesn’t mean giving some candidates an unfair advantage over others. Workplace diversity initiatives exist to correct imbalances that are already present in hiring practices and office politics. With these steps, you can build a more diverse workplace, take advantage of a wider pool of candidates, and become a leader in fostering change. Do you want to get more insight on the topic? Join Jobberman Ghana and other HR professionals on 28th February to discuss the subject at length and find solutions to the many diversity problems faced in the workplace.
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