What Diversity in the Workplace Means and Why It Matters

Written by Zoe Cresswell
Last updated March 23, 2022

When most people hear the word “diversity,” they think of race and ethnicity. However, diversity encompasses so much more than that. When it comes to the workplace, diversity is extremely important. Employers who make an effort to create a diverse environment can benefit in several ways. All employees stand to benefit from working in a diverse company as well. This article will explore what diversity in the workplace means and why it matters.  

What is diversity? 

The definition of diversity is “the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.” Diversity can refer to various things such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and disability. Having a ‘diverse workforce’ would refer to having employees that fall into various categories in the workplace.  

Why is diversity important? 

First and foremost, it is simply the right thing to do. Everyone should have an opportunity to work in an environment where they feel comfortable and respected. A diverse workplace is also more reflective of the world we live in. Customers, clients, and partners are more likely to connect with a company that values diversity.  

It is important that companies evolve as society evolves. The world is becoming more and more diverse, and businesses that don’t embrace diversity will be left behind. A lack of diversity can also lead to a loss of talent. If a company only hires people who are the same, they are limiting themselves to a very small pool of potential employees.  

How can your company benefit from being diverse? 

Diverse workplaces have been shown to be more innovative, creative and productive. This is because different people have different perspectives, leading to new ideas. 

A diverse workplace reflects our society and can help customers or clients feel more comfortable doing business with a company. When a customer feels like they can connect with a company, it helps build a relationship that is more likely to lead to customers returning.  

A diverse workplace is more likely to be successful in the global economy. This is because companies that are not diverse may not be able to understand or cater to the needs of their international customers and clients and those that are diverse. 

Diverse companies have been shown to have lower employee turnover rates and higher employee satisfaction rates. When employees are happy at work, they are more likely to remain there for a long time and perform well.  

A diverse workplace is also more likely to be profitable. This is because a diverse company can draw on a broader range of talent and skillsets. 

How can employers create a diverse environment? 

There are several things that employers can do to create a more diverse environment in their workplace: 

  • Hire a diverse staff. This can be done by making sure that the job advertisements are diverse and that the interviewing process is fair and inclusive. 
  • Diverse employees should feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. This means creating an environment where everyone feels safe discussing their cultures, religions, etc. 
  • Encourage employee networking groups that focus on diversity. This can help employees learn more about each other and their backgrounds. 
  • Promote diversity and inclusion initiatives. These initiatives can include training for employees on how to be more aware of their own biases and how to create a more inclusive work environment. 

Employers who want to create a diverse environment for their employees should start by looking at their own workplace. If all employers took steps to ensure their company is diverse, it would lead to an inclusive work environment for all.  

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Last Updated: Monday May 2 2022
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