Every company’s workplace will be riddled with employees who have different viewpoints, races, political standpoints, gender identities, backgrounds, and more. These are the attributes that push for diversity within the workplace. With that, many workplaces will have an ever-evolving workplace culture in which employees should do their best to remain progressive. This allows for workplaces to offer their employees an enriching experience as well as livening up the overall culture. In order to continuously diversify the workplace, companies should keep in mind how to better progress.
First and foremost, changing and progressing a workplace starts with inclusion. Simply put, inclusion is the basis of accepting others and their differences. A workplace that values these differences will transpire a healthy form of conflict without the unnecessary animosity. Under these circumstances, an inclusive workplace diffuses conformity which, as mentioned earlier, livens up the workplace. By fostering an environment that values inclusion, more employees will feel at ease when coming into work all while encouraging employees to express their authentic selves, thoughts, and opinions. This in turn will allow further contribution to differing perspectives on everyday tasks such as problem solving, management, and organizational behavior.
According to a recent Scientific America article, diversity breeds intelligence. Additionally, it allows for thought provoking reflection upon hearing differing opinions. The article further expands upon the fact that humans have a sense of autonomy and individualism which pushes for people to assume that others may not share the same views. This motivates people to explain their viewpoints so that the other party may understand, thus leading to a better outcome of diversifying the workplace.
Workplace diversity does not only change internally, but also externally through a company’s customer channel. Customers can offer more insight on products and services due to their own opinions and needs. This strengthens the argument that the more diverse a workplace is, the more insightful it’ll be which ultimately leads to an advantage over its competitors.