Why Is Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Important?

Each individual in an organisation brings with them a diverse set of perspectives, work and life experiences, as well as religious and cultural differences. This also reflects on the brand and the character of the company.

02 June 2022 ・ Author: Speaker Agency

The power of diversity can only be unleashed and its benefits reaped when we recognise these differences and learn to respect and value each individual irrelevant of their background. Diversity and inclusion efforts also contribute to the employee welbeing, company culture and better representation of the company.

Diversity and inclusion are about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin. Researches show companies where these issues are taken into consideration are locally and globally more successful. Here are some of the methods to adopt diversity and inclusion in the workplace:

Gender Equality

Regardless of their position, every employee in the workplace should be provided with equal improvement possibilities. Although there has been progress in female representation at the top of organisations, there’s still a long way to go until we can claim equality of opportunity in career progression on the basis of gender. Despite notable progress there’s still a lack of female representation in executive positions compared to non-executive roles, meaning that women are still underrepresented in operational roles, so they don’t have the day-to-day influence of decision-making roles in business. Establishing a gender balanced work environment makes the company stronger, improves happiness in workplace, brings in positive change and opens the door for new ways of understanding. Here are some of the actions to take regarding gender equality:

  • Training, mentoring and coaching programmes
  • Flexible work environment
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Leadership seminars
  • Gender balance in executive roles
  • Actions to take against prejudice
  • Motivational activities and promotion

Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity is about bringing people together from a diverse set of backgrounds and cultures, then creating an environment that not only recognizes the differences between those cultures and backgrounds, but celebrates them. It helps create a safe space for people to be authentically themselves. Cultural diversity contributes companies in the following aspects:

Cultural diversity widens the horizons of the employees in the workplace.

Company policies are better formed and nurtured thanks to the feedback coming from employees with different cultural backgrounds.

Establishing cultural diversity makes companies follow nationwide changes and improvements closely and manage their digital transformation activities better.

Social contact and communication are made stronger when there is cultural diversity at work.

Empowering Different Generations

The fact that experienced experts play a main role in businesses should not be an obstacle for a sustainable business. Ensuring a sustainable business is possible by empowering younger generations. Companies which invest in people and benefit from the innovative business solutions offered by younger generations are able to plan their long term future endevaours efficiently. To be able to include younger generations in work life, businesses should consider taking action about the following:

Organizing training programmes for younger generations run by the experienced individuals so that their knowledge is passed to those with less experince and expertise.

Valuing feedback from employees from all generations.

Making sure the younger generations feel engaged and included in the workplace.

Understanding that age difference is richness.

Honoring and Valuing Talent

Talents and interests of the employees are important aspects when it comes to improving performance and productivity in the workplace. This will allow the company to place employees in different units depending on the strategy and get them to work with dedication..

Some of the methods to honor and value talent are mentioned below:

Running employee satisfaction surveys and organizing social activities outside work. This will allow the company to discover different interests and orientations of the employees.

Making it possible for the employees to analyse their strenghts and weaknesses.

Arranging the organizational chart and the task assignments according to the competence of the employees.

Employing the disabled and making sure they play a role in the company by organizing training programmes for them.

Making sure the communication is strong between the employees and the executive branches.

For more information on diversity and inclusion in business, please refer to our Gender Equality Speakers and meet Speaker Agency’s experts Deborah Rosado Shaw, Hayley Barnard, Evrim Kuran and Judith Liberman to help with your business.

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