Office life has different unique traits, and so do your colleagues – some differ in hobbies, some think differently, some have different beliefs. But there are also those who come from different cultures and generations, and are of different nationality, gender or race.
The inability to accept these differences and origins, or the lack of tolerance in the workspace, can lead to sad results – the person won’t be fired up to work in such an environment. So, why do they leave?
- They feel there is a cultural barrier standing in their way.
- They feel there is a gap between them and the rest of the company.
- They feel underrated and unappreciated.
- They feel invisible pressure from their colleagues.
- They can’t see how they can advance in their careers.
- They think that other companies have better conditions of diversity and labor appreciation.
However, this trend has changed in recent years. Businesses are eager to create heterogeneous environments with newcomers from other cultures, while gender equality is coming to the fore as women take more managerial positions. Prejudices are being left behind along with cassette tapes and pagers as the twenty-first century becomes the era of diversity and tolerance.
So, what are the factors that push HR managers to implement this strategy?
- It helps to find the best talent for the business if prejudices are left behind. Nowadays, when “a girl programmer” is something normal and a young Indian boy can be smarter than all your coding team, it’s easier to find new pros.
- There is a vast ocean of possibilities. Talent from other countries can help you provide services for foreign citizens, while employees from different social classes can provide you with deeper knowledge of your customer base. Diversity can bring unique knowledge and experience non-existent elsewhere. And don’t forget the opportunities to expand into new markets!
- New employees can offer you new ideas that might be radically different from those you have become accustomed to. This will add new ingredients to your recipe for proposals, and experiences for increasing the quality of your product. The business itself can draw inspiration from new practices and use them to modernize business strategy and interaction with consumers.
- It’s a small spark that will ignite the flame of innovation within your company. If you’ve had the pleasure of working with people of different origin, with different lifestyles and from different cultures, you might have noticed that new ideas can be born from the collision of varying views. One employee might propose an idea, and another might have the experience to bring it to life. This is where you can take advantage of each employee’s strength and try to bring their ideas to the overall production process.
- Back to languages again. If you’ve ever thought of expanding into uncharted territory, diversity is a mighty weapon for your conquests. The language skills foreign employees can provide are key factors in leaving the homeland and opening up your services to a wider range of customers. Foreign employees can help your business discover new possibilities in international markets.
- You can attract new talent if you openly promote your policy of diversity and multiculturalism in the workplace. This step will help to attract new candidates with rich experience and views. Of course, your CV base will grow large, but that’s essential if you’re serious about attracting talent.
- Employee retention. Your company has a better chance of retaining employees if diversity is one of your recruitment policies. People prefer to work in a healthy environment where they feel secure and on the same level as everyone else, no matter if their skin color, nationality, gender or age differs from the rest of the team.
- It’s just a pure increase in productivity. Employees feel more comfortable when they are working for companies that prioritize a person’s involvement in the creative process rather than battles based on differences between colleagues. The feeling of involvement allows employees to focus on a task and be confident in their skills and ability to get the job done. This way, a will to get the best possible results is born. The stronger team morale is, the better the outcome is.
The twenty-first century is a new dawn of possibilities for those who were previously ignored or lacked the right of self-expression: women are fighting alongside men for top managerial positions; migrants have the same rights as natives regarding jobs. Oh, and don’t forget the workplace multiculturalism blooming all around – it feels like it was always here.
Besides, how can you possibly ignore all the positives your business can benefit from if you implement more diversity in your office?
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