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The Importance of Building a Diverse Workplace

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Respect, and embracing diversity in the workplace is extremely important. Creating an inclusive workplace fosters diversity, promotes collaboration, and puts the well-being of all employees at the forefront. Today, let’s chat about why building a diverse workplace is key to success and how you can ultimately build an open-minded and welcoming environment for everyone. 

Inclusive workplaces bring together people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. These varying thoughts and ideas can benefit your business or organization immensely. By offering different angles for problem solving, you foster a team that encourages individuals to express their ideas and offer unique solutions to issues.  

When you create an environment that is welcoming, and respectful of all its members, you will find that your employees have a higher morale, stronger relationships, and a healthy workplace where people aim to be the best version of themselves. 

“Decisions made and executed by diverse teams delivered 60% better results.”  

Forbes

Tips to Build an Inclusive Workplace 

Encourage respect and acceptance 

As a leader, it is important to lead by example. Establish an environment where all employees feel seen and heard and valued for their unique perspectives and contributions. You can foster diversity by encouraging understanding, learning, effective communication, and mutual respect among team members. Be sure to promote a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination, harassment, or any form of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.  

Prioritize diversity when hiring and promoting 

It is crucial to ensure the right person is hired for the job, and that the most deserving are promoted. With that, actively seek diversity in your recruitment and promotion processes. You can do so by ensuring you, and your hiring managers, hire or promote people based on their skills, qualifications, and potential. Do not rely on unconscious biases or judgements. It is also key to allow the opportunity for all employees to achieve success, regardless of their backgrounds. 

Provide education 

It is important to educate your team on inclusion. This will help ensure employees are aware of their biases, teach them about inclusive language and actions, and promote a diverse community. When you spend time and money in educating your workplace, you enable it to be more aware, understanding, and respectful of different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. 

Be flexible 

Creating a diverse workplace means accommodating the needs of individuals. This may mean that certain circumstances require different requirements based on the situation. From providing additional support when needed, to being understanding about outside commitments, celebrations, or circumstances, remain open-minded and flexible. The elusive work life balance remains to be of utmost importance to workers. As an organization or business, you can enable your team to help discover that happy medium, resulting in healthier, happier, and more fulfilled staff members. 

Review policies 

Your company should regularly review its policies and practices. Ensure you are building an inclusive organization by examining all areas of your workplace and implement changes as needed. Involve those from different backgrounds to assist in the process, which will help you make informed decisions through their valuable insights. 

Building an inclusive workplace requires continuous work on the part of everyone involved. By encouraging open communication and input, you will have a workplace that feels valued, included, supported, and empowered.