If there’s one thing that is finding common ground across modern workplaces are the global trends. Businesses are increasingly becoming global and diversity can no more remain merely a core organizational philosophy. If the workforce does not reflect diversity and foster inclusion, the companies would not be able to walk along with the times, and might even fall behind. This is not a situation that the current work environment would like to encourage. Adding to it, a diverse and inclusive workplace works wonders for your career development.
Multinational melting pots – this phrase is being popularly used with respect to organizations today, as they go on to include people from diverse backgrounds in their workforce. But the idea of “diversity and inclusion” is not limited to internationalism and multiculturalism. Today, the conversation has moved beyond this dialogue and envelops not just geography, culture, race, religion, colour but also political affiliations, sexual orientation, education, skills, perspectives, marital status, and many more elements of diversity in human traits.
What exactly is a diverse workplace?
From the diversity of perspective to how you think to how you feel about issues to what lifestyle you follow, it all comes together in the workplace too – for building a diverse workplace. And it goes beyond that as well. We all are different and we have our own individual characteristics. When an organization is able to see through our differences and still work in harmony together, it is an inclusive culture. Diversity does not hold much water without inclusion. A workplace can be greatly diverse but if everyone does not find a voice on the table, does it really reflect “diversity and inclusion”?
Perks of Working in a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
Think about this. If everyone agrees with everyone, offers similar opinions, ideas, and perspectives – will there be any room to think differently? Would there be any scope to grow? This is a very comfortable space and nothing great really comes out from the comfort zone. Unless you surround yourself with people who challenge your ideas and thoughts, the creativity is being limited to only your understanding and view of the world. A diverse and inclusive workplace has immense potential to boost your creativity. The spark is already there, all you need is an environment that helps you push your boundaries.
“… people like to fit in, so they are cautious about sticking their necks out. When we have a strong, homogeneous culture, we stifle the natural cognitive diversity in groups through the pressure to conform.” – Harvard Business Review
When you feel included, you contribute more effectively. This holds true not just in our personal life – particularly, within our families, but also at the workplace. When you are recognized for who you are and acknowledged for where you come from, you can perform without any fear. This is how a diverse and inclusive workplace breaks down barriers and values your unique voice.
A Deloitte Report highlights that when employees feel included, innovation increases by 83%. Further, diverse teams observe a 60% improvement in decision-making. These are all outcomes of improved performance of the employees, your improved performance.
Platform to Make an Impact
With a diverse group of individuals, you get the opportunity to look at the bigger picture. People with different capabilities, experiences, and backgrounds, make a huge difference in the workplace and add a lot of value to the organizational culture. When everyone contributes to a healthy discussion, different aspects come to light. In this, there is an opportunity to put across a viewpoint rich with your background experience and culture. Here is an opportunity to make a difference, an impact.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)