The first thing that people usually think of when the word diversity pops up are factors such as age, gender, race, cultural background, etc., but there is far more to creating a diverse workplace than hiring people who fit into different age brackets or creating the perfect male to female ratio.
We welcome diversity at Brook Recruitment, both through our multicultural team and through our clients and candidates. In fact, it’s part of the reason why we love what we do so much – the amount of people we meet with from all over the world creates a melting pot of opportunities to foster creativity and diversity in the workplace.
Hiring people with different personalities and at varied stages of their career can provide tangible and intangible benefits to your organisation and offer a range of perspectives and ideas. Here are 6 of the top benefits of diversity in the workplace, and how it can impact your company in a positive way:
1) It fosters innovation
By working alongside people of different backgrounds, experiences and working styles, creative concepts can be born from bouncing ideas off of each other and offering feedback and suggestions. Whereas one person may be great at generating exciting, innovative ideas, another individual may have the necessary experience to execute it. As more diverse ideas are suggested, the chances of finding a workable answer are improved. With so many different and diverse minds coming and working together, many more solutions will arise as every individual brings in their personal way of thinking, operating and solving problems and making decision.
1) Talents, skills and experiences
Individuals from diverse backgrounds can offer a selection of different talents, skills and experiences that may be of benefit to the company and their work performance. Employees from different backgrounds bring a variety of solutions on how to achieve a common goal. A variety of skills and experiences among the team also means that employees can learn from each other.
3) Language skills can open doors
Companies that plan to expand into global markets benefit from language diversity in the workplace. Cultural differences and language barriers can often act as an obstacle for a company who want to expand their business overseas. By hiring employees who speak different languages it can make it possible for a company to work on a global basis and interact with a broader client-base. Representing a number of nationalities within your company can also help to make it more relatable in the global economy.
4) It grows your talent pool
A company who embraces diversity will attract a wider range of candidates to their vacancies, as it will be viewed as more progressive organisation. Naturally, as the number of applicants for each vacancy rises, the chances of finding an exceptional candidate increases too! It can also help with employee retention, as people want to work in an environment that is accepting of all backgrounds and promotes equality.
5) It improves employee performance and productivity
A diverse workplace combines employees from different backgrounds, ethnicity and experiences, and together breed a more productive environment. Employees are more likely to feel comfortable and happy in an environment where inclusivity is a priority. Equality in the workplace is important for encouraging workers from all backgrounds to feel confident in their ability and achieve their best – and the higher the team morale, the more productive employees are.
6) It improves your company’s reputation
Another benefit of cultural diversity in the workplace is the positive reputation that the company can receive. Companies who recruit and encourage individuals from a wide range of backgrounds generally gain a reputation for being a good employer, and job seekers are drawn to companies with diverse workforces because it is evident that the companies do not practice employment discrimination. Potential clients often feel more valued and thus give more business to these organisations. A diverse collection of skills and experiences allows a company to provide service to customers on a global basis because the company is able to relate and understand their clients better.