From the word ‘diversity’ itself, what comes to our mind is the state of being different in nature, being diverse, not like the other individuals around us. In the workplaces, we have a large group of individuals working together. They have different gender, ages, races, cultural backgrounds, and perhaps even nationalities.
Having this diversity in the workplace is really beneficial for the organization too. It adds a unique perspective to its work culture. It adds to the creativity and productivity of the organization. It also boosts the reputation of the company as an inclusive workplace.
Ensuring diversity does not only mean hiring different people, but the organization should be able to treat all the distinguished individuals and workers fairly, in a justified manner.
When the individuals see and experience the diversity being promoted and also is being treated fairly in the firm, then they will also try their best to understand the differences that are prevailing among them and they will appreciate the differences, instead of stereotyping or making negative comments on them. Hence, the employees will be more friendly with one another, instead of fighting on small issues, this will even reduce the conflicts taking place within the workplace, among the employees of the company.
Here are a few easy steps through which the organization can promote diversity among employees.
Change at Top Management
If the workplace operators, the ones at the decision-making, managerial and the top level in the firm, will ensure diversity in the workplace, this will even help in boosting the motivation level as well as the confidence among the employees of the firm. So, change has to start at the top level. The management should treat everyone fairly and let employees with diverse backgrounds grow. If they themselves set the precedent, it will be followed throughout the organization.
Training and Attention
Giving proper attention, proper training and chances of equality to all the employees of the organization will help the owners of the firm to ensure management of diversity in the workplace. When the organization will give an equal chance of getting ahead in career to every employee, regardless of their background, they will remain motivated and stay for a longer time. They might even help the organization to hire diverse people.
Workshops and Seminars
Regular workshops by HRs or industry professionals training employees on how to handle differences among them are needed to ensure harmony. This diversity training will make the employees aware of their conduct which may seem harmless to them, but offending to the minority.
Cultural and Religious Events
Not just celebrating the major events, but a variety of different festivals and religious practices can make employees feel included in the workplace. By honoring their culture, diverse employees will feel appreciated and be retained for a longer time.
Internships and Sponsorship
Companies can provide internships and sponsorship to underrepresented groups in the workplace, thus fostering a culture of inclusion. This opportunity can be given to college students or freshers to give them a good start at their careers.
Provide Different Incentives
This does not mean unequal pay – but different perks over and above that. Since employees have different needs, it only makes sense to fulfill them differently. Some employees may benefit from having flexible timing, while others from an extra paid day off. It all depends on how you plan out their compensation and work plans.
Creating diversity is not an end goal – it’s a continuous process. Organizations should work continuously to ensure that the employees feel welcome, appreciated, and valued at the workplace.