The 21st century has seen an accelerated shift to diverse workplaces. The social, emotional, and financial benefits of attaining diverse and inclusive workplaces are now well recognized. Both employees and organizations will reap the benefits of promoting and engaging in practices that lead to greater inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
There are countless benefits to encouraging diversity in the Australian workplace, and while some are less obvious than others, here a few that should be highlighted as to their significance on the bottom line.
Diversity can increase profit
A diverse team can draw on a range of talents, experiences, both in life and professionally. Any good employee knows that for a workforce to succeed, they must draw on each other’s strengths and help support their collective weaknesses.
For this to occur organically, barriers need to be broken down, and communication apprehension between co-workers must be diluted. Exposing employees to diversity and inclusive training over a period will allow this to happen.
Team members from varying cultural backgrounds or lifestyles have different outlooks and perspectives, when combined this can create new opportunities for a business to improve its internal processes, become more efficient and open new sales opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable or hard to attain.
One form of diversity is cultural, in this regard a business may now have multilingual capabilities, allowing for the forging of relationships with international businesses and stakeholders.
Diversity can increase workplace productivity and creativity
A team that embraces all members from different walks of life inherently becomes more creative and perpetuates a productive environment. This is because the psychology that governs one’s ability to accept that which does not fully understand combines itself with a new attitude towards learning and growing not only as an employee but also as a human being.
When the need to grow becomes paramount, a transformation occurs, and the result is a collective workforce of motivated individuals who look intently for answers and solutions thanks to the greater underlying principals established by diversity and inclusion.
Diversity can improve the business’s reputation
Moving on from the internal wins, an external benefit is the reputation of a business seen as putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront of their culture. This will position you as progressive, modern, and professional within your industry.
When hiring you want the best talent, factors such as cultural and lifestyle diversity is a key factor that people look at when searching for jobs, and if your business promotes inclusivity, you will be more attractive to a wider pool of candidates.
There are many benefits of diversity in the workplace in Australia. With a diverse team, a business is more productive, has access to a multitude of skills, is more creative and can bring new ideas to the table, can build international business relationships, and be respected in the industry for prioritizing inclusivity.
At Symmetra, we’re dedicated to providing diversity and inclusion consultancy to businesses to help them improve their work culture and leadership. Find out more today and reap the rewards.