As the world continues to develop a global economy, organisations are more likely than ever to hire individuals from a diverse array of cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds.
Despite the challenges presented by a diverse workforce, the varied perspectives offered allow organisations to embrace innovation, strengthen their bottom line, and establish a foothold in today’s diverse global marketplace.
One of the greatest advantages of a company being open to hiring a diverse workforce is the increased number of qualified workers they will have to choose from. Hiring pools that are limited are likely to be quickly exhausted, leaving the organisation scrambling to come up with new talent. On the other hand, diverse hiring pools often have an abundance of highly valuable and talented individuals to choose from, ensuring that open positions are quickly filled by top players.
The wide variety of values and perspectives brought to the table by a diverse team is known to increase productivity and creativity. A diverse workforce is able to bring together a multitude of ideas to create innovative solutions to any problem that presents itself. With this creativity, a diverse team may be able to develop new methods to improve work processes, further increasing their value to the organisation.
A diverse team also offers a means for an organisation to expand into new markets. A fresh perspective offers valuable insights into products and services that may do well in niche markets that may otherwise go untapped. If a diverse team also includes staff members who speak multiple languages, they may prove to be an invaluable resource for translation services as the company moves into new regions.
In addition, a company known for hiring staff members who are typically discriminated against will often find that they experience a significant increase in their public standing. In turn, the employees who may have had a difficult time finding a position will remain dedicated to the organisation that embraces their diversity. The positive light in which they are seen can easily translate into increased sales and stock values, as well as expanding the pool of candidates seeking positions with the company.
Once an office has been staffed by a diverse team, an added benefit can be seen when the scheduling manager attempts to work around holidays. By striving to maximise the diversity of an organisation, managers can allow workers to schedule their preferred holidays off while ensuring that a qualified employee will remain available to cover the shift. This ability to easily schedule holidays and personal days will translate into increased job satisfaction for the employee, decreasing the likelihood of turnover.
Equality and diversity is very important.
Overall, the benefits of employing a diverse workforce far outweigh the challenges that it may bring.
When organisations work to increase the diversity of their work force, the influx of new perspectives is sure to provide a competitive advantage as they move into new markets. With creative, productive, and innovative employees driven by the depth of loyalty brought about truly valued, a diverse organisation is sure to flourish in today’s global economy.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 5 September, 2014
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