The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again expecting different results. And if your workforce all make the same decisions, have the same experiences, skills and opinions then through a lack of diversity, you will be repeating the same results again and again and again.
Diversity in the workplace is exactly as it sounds. Having a variety of different people with different backgrounds and levels of experience including any of the following:
Put simply, a diverse workforce can boost a companies success. There are many reasons behind it and there is no such thing as a silver bullet when it comes to tackling diversity and inclusion in a business.
During our 16 years at the cutting edge, we have supported the growth of more than 10,000 employees who have helped to shape the future of companies such as Atkins, Arcadis, Balfour Beatty, EDF, Kier and Mott MacDonald.
As a business which is both female-founded and owned, we offer clients a diverse supply chain as well as first-hand, extensive knowledge of how to implement effective solutions.
Here are a few reasons why diversity in the workplace is so important:
A lack of diversity in the workplace will create a more hostile working environment. And a bad office atmosphere can easily push away some of the best talent in the business and make them look for work somewhere else. A toxic company culture creates high staff turnover which leads to higher recruiting costs. A diverse and happy workforce feel included and less likely to need to move away.
Working with others creates better problem solving solutions that can lead to new innovations and ideas that can help push a company forwards.
When there is a lack of diversity in a workforce, the same ideas will get hashed out again and again with little forward progress to be made by the business.
A happy office is a productive office. An office full of creative thinking creates new and exciting ways of doing things. And that can increase efficiency and productivity in a workplace.
Increasing diversity in the workplace brings with it new experiences, cultural backgrounds and skills which can be used to make a positive impact in the business and improve productivity.
When you open up your business to diversity hiring, you are opening up your business to a wider talent pool and with it comes and increased chance of finding the ideal employees.
Your employees are on the front lines with customers.
They know more about what the customer really wants than most company bosses ever will. And a diverse workforce can open up new business opportunities with different ethnic and racial backgrounds while better understanding cultural differences which may have been holding back the growth of the business.
There are more employment opportunities than ever before for women, ethnic minorities and members of LGBTQ+ in the UK. All of whom have invaluable skills and experience that they can bring to your business. Introducing a diverse workforce can help your business to thrive in the long term.
If you would like to know more about diversity in the workplace and how our training courses can help you to promote diversity and inclusion in your workplace, simply call our sales team today. They can answer any questions you may have, provide you with information on our range of training courses and supply you with relevant case studies related to the sector of business that you work in.