Diversity is a great buzzword, and although most companies strive to achieve it, many fail to appreciate its full meaning. More than just achieving even ratios of gender, age, race, and cultural backgrounds, diversity also means a range of perspectives, ideas, and opinions. When people feel free and respected enough to share those ideas, you can be sure that the best ones will rise to the surface, and your company will operate as efficiently and as productively as possible. Here are five benefits to workplace diversity.
Range of talents and skills
Don’t just think about diversity as different races, ages, and cultures. Also, consider hiring from a variety of professional backgrounds, too. Yes, you might be an IT company, but what would it look like to hire someone with experience in non-profits? Don’t lower your standards, but consider the benefits of hiring someone with a different worldview.
Ideas bring innovation
A variety of backgrounds on your team means that you have a lot of experiences, achievements, and mistakes behind you. You benefit from all the lessons learned—the good, the bad, what worked, and what didn’t work. Your staff can narrow down the best, most innovative ideas and implement them, without wasting time on the ideas that have failed.
Expand your talent pool
Once you establish a reputation as an inclusive, welcoming company, the opportunity to work for, you will suddenly appeal to more people, from all backgrounds. Because you’ll get more applicants, you’ll get better talent and more experienced candidates to choose from. Your current employees will appreciate working in such a supportive environment, and employee retention will improve.
Different languages expand business
It’s hard to operate your business in a different country if you can’t speak the native language. A language barrier can be a considerable obstacle, stunting your growth. But if you hire employees with a range of ethnicities or cultural backgrounds who speak multiple languages, you can expand your sales to foreign markets or train employees in other countries. It also makes people from different cultures feel more comfortable when they’re doing business with you, especially if your team features someone they can relate to.
Boost employee performance
An inclusive, welcoming environment means that people will feel comfortable and happy. They’ll want to work hard to support their coworkers and make valuable contributions for the sake of the company. When morale is high, employees are productive. That means it’s up to you to build a cohesive yet diverse team where people are confident and striving to achieve.
Do you need to hire?
Whether your company is in IT, engineering, or finance and accounting, SSI Staffing can help you build a diverse team that offers and welcomes diverse ideas and innovations. For more on what SSI Staffing can do for your company, contact our team today.