What does diversity in the workplace look like?

Diversity in the workplace is all about recognising, and even promoting employees' differences, including their various cultures, personality profiles, ages, genders, backgrounds, etc. Promoting diversity helps organisations enhance employees’ potential, communication, creativity and innovation.

What is diversity? 

Diversity celebrates the empowerment of different social and ethnic backgrounds, appreciating and respecting one another no matter their age, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity or sexual orientation. It allows the exploration of differences in a positive and safe environment, ensuring people truly value each other and celebrate the range of dimensions within an individual, whether that be in a workforce or in the community. Within a workplace, each individual will bring a range of perspectives, ideas and life experiences, as well as cultural differences. Diversity can be a powerful thing and the benefits can be second to none. Building an inclusive culture where all team members feel comfortable to speak out will improve working relationships, helping to boost team morale and encourage participation from everyone. This, in turn, will lead to better collaboration and could improve productivity day-to-day.



The importance of diversity in a workplace

Increased performance

Inclusion and diversity work in partnership. When a workplace is embracing everyone’s diversity, no matter their culture or background, it soon becomes a comfortable and safe environment for employees to work in. This is likely to lead to a much more productive and happier workforce. On the contrary, when employees feel as though they have to conform, they may not produce their best work in fear of rejection.

Attract a wider talent pool

Nowadays, people are looking for a little more than just a 9 - 5 that simply pays the bills. They are looking for a business that they will enjoy working for, with a strong company culture, that makes them feel valued. Businesses that promote a diverse culture will attract a wide range of talented individuals who are seeking out a progressive place to work.

Increased retention

Retention is one of the biggest challenges HR teams face today, and the company culture is one of the biggest factors of attractiveness. Celebrating diversity is all about building a caring place to work and be a part of. Creating this inclusive culture encourages your staff to stay where they are, resulting in a lower turnover rate, as your employees will be feeling more motivated and respected.

How to promote diversity in the workplace

Language learning

Language learning is a fantastic way to promote diversity in the workplace. When employees have an increased skill set and can resonate and understand another language, they become much more empathetic towards others. It also helps employees and clients understand each other on a deeper level, helping to form stronger professional relationships. Employee engagement will be boosted, along with cross-team communication and productivity, helping to accelerate business growth.

Training programmes

Starting a new role can often be a challenge, with many ups and downs. However, helping employees overcome any barriers will make for a much more pleasant experience. Training programmes are a great way to do this, whether that be computer learning or diversity training for team members.


It’s clear to see that diversity is imperative for success within a business. There is no ‘set way’ of what a good diversity programme looks like in the workplace, but, however you choose to create a diverse culture, you’re supporting inclusion, acceptance and respect for everyone, an invaluable benefit for your team.

 

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