Diversity And Inclusion In The Workplace
A diverse workforce (in age, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation) can be very beneficial to any organization. There are numerous benefits of diversity in any organization from increased innovation to better decision making, and higher rates of job satisfaction and greater impact.
What Exactly Is Diversity In The Workplace?
Workplace diversity refers to the understanding, collaborating, accepting, and valuing the differences between individuals. These differences include differences in ethnicities, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation, as well as differences in education, personalities, and knowledge levels.
Acknowledging and embracing our individual differences, apart from offering a more rounded solution to organizational challenges, a diverse workplace has the following benefits:
- Increased employee and customer engagement and satisfaction, owing to the fact that all kinds of people are represented in the company.
- Research has shown that diverse teams are able to solve problems faster than teams with more similar people.
- Being in an environment with different people with different perspectives can increase creativity, as employees are exposed to multiple perspectives and worldviews.