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5 Ways That Diversity in the Workplace Can Help Your Business

November 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Diversity Consulting

Diversity in the workplace refers to the different backgrounds and circumstances of employees. This includes gender, race, sexual orientation, social background, age and religion. Diversity in the workplace can be a very positive attribute if managed correctly. This article looks at five ways in which a diverse workforce can benefit a company.

Increased skill base
Having a diverse workforce increases the range of skills and knowledge a company has. Multi-lingual and multi-cultural employees make it easier to communicate and do business around the world, opening up new opportunities with both suppliers and customers. With diversity in society ever increasing, having a diverse workforce enables a company to service a greater market more effectively. A workforce which reflects the diversity of today’s society enables the company to gain a better understanding of its market and succeed where other companies have not.

Attracting the best employees
The future of any business lies with the employees. They are the key to success and in order to attract the best employees for the job, the company needs to provide a pleasant workplace and practice policies which encourage unity and understanding. It is also essential to make sure work premises are accessible to those with disabilities.

Employees will want to work in an environment where they feel welcome and accepted. Success also relies on good team work, it is essential to have strategies in place to help employees communicate with each other and with the company. Becoming renowned for being a good employer bodes well for future recruitment as vacant positions will attract a wide range of applicants.

Increased productivity
A contented workforce with high morale will want to work hard and in return be more productive. Any investment made to implement and manage diversity strategies will be money well spent.

More satisfied customers
Having a diverse workforce not only increases the market which your business can appeal to, it also enables you to provide a more tailor made service to a wider variety of individuals. Having employees from different social backgrounds or of a mix of ages, race or religion enables a company to draw on their knowledge and experience resulting in the company providing the right solution to a range of markets.

Staying on the right side of the law
By welcoming and implementing diversity policies, the company is less likely to be accused of discrimination by employees. Continually assessing diversity in the workplace will enable the company to develop the necessary policies to suit its employees. Such diversity policies are commonplace in successful companies as they have recognised the need to embrace a changing society.

In order to succeed in business it is more essential than ever to attract a diverse workforce, however, success depends on the ability to manage diversity. With the right policies and facilities in place, a company can benefit from more successful trade and customer relations.

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360 diversity provides equality and diversity training to private, public and third sector employers throughout the UK.

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