Having a diverse workforce is not just an act of following the principle of human rights by allowing all who are deserving but also is the best thing to do for the success of an organization.

People coming from various backgrounds who are motivated to excel in their work have the nack to solve problems and move ahead as a team. So, there are various benefits of workplace diversity and inclusion.

Diversity In Workplace

Workplace diversity is being more inclusive with people from any background, race, gender, age, ethnicity, or any other human attributes.

Diversity in the workplace is something that every company feels can increase their chance of outdoing their competitors.  Various information technology companies are being benefitted as their employees work remotely.

The Human Resource department of all companies is always in the race to find the best people and having people from multiple backgrounds has proved to be the best way of having a good pool of people. 

Benefits of Workplace Diversity 

Different talents, experiences, and skills that come from a diverse group, can help companies develop creative and innovative solutions. Your company is much more likely to present new ideas to a more diverse group.

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Here are some of the benefits and challenges faced during the implementation of workplace diversity and inclusion.

1. New Pool of Talent

When diverse people come in and work for a single purpose, the amount of talent adds up to do a lot of wonderful things to achieve a common goal.

Although the mission would be the same, people from multiple backgrounds who are uniquely good at different jobs will collaboratively help achieve the task in a much more efficient manner.

Working in a team requires the need to understand the way you make yourself comfortable to work with all the members and build the team in such a way that each individual has a pivotal role to play in achieving the goal.

2. Continuous Learning and Personal Growth

People are always looking for growth and bigger opportunities because the race towards success is so lucrative and illuding that the margin for error is so small.

We no longer look for a job that demands us to be at the office doing what the boss says but are actually looking to learn and grow.

A good professional career requires passion and dedication to learn new things at work every day and there is no place to learn new things than in the office which has people from a mixed backgrounds.

3. Innovation

A Research and Development team of seven people from five different countries will always do better than a team with fifteen or twenty people from a single country. As we can see many innovations in digital technologies have been done by a group of people coming together in the same platform.

Each one of them will think of their own way of doing their job and the synergy will bring an exponential improvement in the output. They will achieve the goal ahead of time and probably with optimized utilization of resources.

4. Faster Problem Solving

There will be problems while working in a team and it is actually the problems that keep the team together and the work towards the common goal.

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Solving problems in a team makes the team bond well with each other, the cohesion increases and the efficiency of the team grows. This process of working on a problem helps the team in making quick decisions and solving the problems faster.

5. Better Individual Performance

Humans have the habit of wanting to do things in a better way than others do. When we see our colleagues doing really well in a certain job, we tend to prove to ourselves that we can outperform them.

We may call it jealousy or envy but that helps in improving our individual performance and that helps the team do well on the whole.

6. Increased Profit

The ultimate goal and the mission of an organization are to make a profit. If a team with good and talented people continuously learns and grows professionally and innovates new ways to do their task, solving the problem in an efficient way with the best of their individual performances, the team is bound to help their organization make a good profit.

Challenge of Workplace Diversity

All the benefits of workplace diversity and inclusion are impressive and effective. But the collaboration of the diverse concept and experiences on one platform might be a challenge. Let’s have a look:

1. Communication

Working with a diverse group of people means you’ll be required to communicate clearly and effectively with your co-workers. This can be tricky at times because of a diverse way besides the language of communication of each of the team members.

It is not only the language people speak. With geographical diversity companies also need to deal with body language and gestures issues as well.

2. Initial Collaboration

This might not necessarily be the case on every occasion but there is a certain resistance human has to face while we collaborate and work as a team with people from different background be it cultural, geographical, political, or educational.

The productivity at the initial phase might not be that encouraging to keep up with the pace required to finish the job. If the productivity and the outcome are affected then the collaboration needs to be taken care of.

3. Aligning to the Mission

How well people with different backgrounds come together to solve a common problem and hence achieve a common goal depends upon how well the diversity practice is laid out by the company.

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There are no specific guidelines to make diverse people work on a common goal. Every organization has its own culture and specific methods of doing its job.

Its the role of the strategic management team to properly guide and groom its people and align them to work on the same mission in harmony.

4. Dispute Handling

Disputes are inevitable in organizations with a  diverse workforce. Things get further messy when people are from different ideologies and schools of thought. The Asian way of handling disputes can totally be different from the European or the American.

5. Internal Resistance

Regardless of how progressive we try to become, there is always a certain group of people who inherently disagree to follow the concept of a diverse workforce.

It might take some work for the leader or the higher management team to convince and educate the employees who seem to oppose the culture of a diverse workplace.

Although a diverse workplace does not necessarily guarantee improved overall performance, it will help companies build a good organizational culture and productive working environment. 

Thus, being able to implement diversity in workplace and inclusion will help your company grow stronger and together with the diverse cultural workplace. There will be certain challenges but will be solved with time and patience.

(Last Updated On: April 6, 2022)