Diversity is great for your business. Having a diverse workforce allows you to bring in people with lots of different perspectives. Diversity can improve innovation, help your company stay competitive in a global world, and ensure that your business is made stronger by hearing from people with a wide array of life experiences.
When you have a diverse workforce, however, creating an environment of inclusivity becomes very important. It is up to employers to create the type of environment where everyone can work together and have their voices heard. To do this, you should:
- Work on developing empathy inside your company. Teaching empathy can be a challenge. However, there are a number of options, such as encouraging colleagues to explain a concept about their job and then having the person they explained it to explain it to someone else in turn. Another way to teach empathy is to have people reverse roles to learn about the positions of others. Encouraging staff members to see things through each other’s eyes can be invaluable for encouraging empathy.
- Building social connections. It is important to encourage connectedness and mutual reliance in order to build bonds. Putting people onto teams where they can learn about each other and work together can help to build social capital and encourage staff members to recognize the value of investing time in working toward group success.
- Encourage togetherness. You can have staff members take breaks together to provide opportunities for social engagement. Some companies have even banned coffee at desks to prompt staff members to spend time around the coffee machine together where they can get to know each other as people.
Encouraging your staff members to make personal connections and value every member of the team can pay dividends. Your diverse workforce can become more inclusive so you will get the full benefit of hiring people with different life experiences.
Of course, you need a diverse workforce for the benefits of diversity to accrue to your organization. High Profile helps companies to build diverse workforces in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you with fostering diversity and building a strong workforce, give us a call at 972-991-7900 or contact us online today.