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Fostering Diversity: Recognizing All the Benefits

written by: Eduard Ezeanu•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 4/25/2011

Understanding the benefits of diversity in the workplace is an important factor for in overcoming struggles and achieving success.

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    Building Stronger Bonds

    Benefits of diversity We live today in a multicultural world, where people of different cultures and different beliefs work together more than ever in the history of mankind. This diversity has the potential to improve the workplace and business results.

    Considering this, diversity in the workplace is something worth embracing. Understanding the benefits of diversity in the workplace is certainly an important factor in doing this. With this idea in mind, here are some of the most important benefits of diversity in the workplace.

    1. More ideas. The more different people are in a team or company, the more ideas are generated. Quantity of ideas is of course, not the same as quality of ideas, but the more ideas there are the better the chances of extracting good ideas from them. Diversity in the workplace creates a large knowledge pool to extract information from.

    2. More innovation. Diversity in the workplace means people who think in different ways. This variety in thinking is a great source for creativity and innovation. One person can latch on the idea of another and give it a new twist, thus creating something innovative. There is often a strong correlation between diversity and creativity.

    3. Improvement of communication skills. People who are different may tend initially to not get along very well. However, if they are required to work well together, this tends to help them improve their communication and people skills. Thus, they learn to adapt better to other people in the workplace and achieve their targets.

    4. More tolerance. The more different people interact with each other, the more they get used with each other. They learn to accept differences and to stop judging other people just because they are different. In other ways, they become more tolerant of people who do not think and act the same way they do.

    5. Variety of strengths. It is a real challenge to find all the kinds of strengths required in a company when the employees are very similar. On the other hand, diversity in the workplace also means a wider range of available strengths. Instead of people fighting over the same responsibilities, they specialize easier and all responsibilities are covered.

    6. A better brand. Organizations that have a diversity of cultures and people coexisting as employees are seen much better than other organizations. They are perceived as more open and more tolerant. This positive image makes a wide range of potential clients, form various cultures, more willing to use its products or services.

    In the end, all these benefits of diversity in the workplace lead to one key benefit: increased productivity and performance inside the organization, which is something any organization desires.

    Keep in mind that this benefit of workplace diversity often does not come by itself. It depends on proper management of workplace diversity, in order to make the best use of it and turn it into a major organization strength.

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