Intangible benefits to diversity in the workplace

By Peter Jaffe 09/22/21

Usually when you think about diversity you automatically think of such factors as age, gender, race, sexual orientation, cultural background, etc., but there is far more to creating a diverse workplace than hiring people who fit into different stereotypical workplace demographics.

We all share things in common with our co-workers the most obvious being working at the same company in the same industry.  With that said though, everyone is their own person and can bring different things to the table, which is why diversity is so important among a team. By hiring people with different personalities and at varied stages of their career, it can help to foster creativity and offer a range of perspectives and ideas.

Here are just some of the benefits for embracing diversity in the workplace.

Unique talents, skills, and experiences

Individuals from diverse backgrounds can offer a selection of different talents, skills, and experiences, that may be of benefit to the organization and their work performance. Though some crossover of skills can be beneficial when it comes to assisting each other, it’s important to hire people with the appropriate skills to fit each of the roles within the company. A variety of skills and experiences among the team also means that employees can learn from each other

Diversity enables creativity

When you work alongside people of different backgrounds, experiences and working styles, creative concepts manifest themselves purely from the interaction of their ideas, feedback and suggestions. Whereas one person may be great at generating exciting, out of the box ideas, another individual may have the necessary experience to execute it; so it is essential to play on each individual’s strengths and collaborate with others in the team.

​Multi-Lingual employees can create business opportunities

Language barriers and cultural differences can often act as a bit of an obstacle for a company who wants to expand their business overseas; however, by hiring employees who speak different languages it can make it possible for a company to work on a international basis not just a national one. Representing a number of nationalities within your company can also help to make it more approachable from an international standpoint.

Your talent pool grows

When a company embraces diversity it will attract a wider range of candidates to their vacancies, as it will be viewed as a more progressive organization and will appeal to individuals from all walks of life. Naturally, as the number of applicants for each vacancy rises, the chances of finding an exceptional candidate increases as well.  It can also help with employee retention, as people want to work in an environment who are accepting of all backgrounds and promote equality.

Improves employee performance

Employees are more likely to feel comfortable and happy in an environment where inclusiveness is a valued priority. Equality in the workplace is important for encouraging workers from all backgrounds to feel confident in their ability and achieve their best. Its simple Watson, the higher the team morale, the more productive employees are.