More and more companies nowadays recognise the importance of diversity within business. While the moral reasons for doing so are obvious and remain a priority, there is also a good business case to do so.
Having an inclusive workforce is beneficial to a business in many ways. Each individual is shaped by their background and experiences, giving them individual qualities and a different way of thinking from one another. Through recognising the value that individuals can bring to a company, you are encouraging innovation. It will create improved problem solving due to the simple fact that we all look at and solve problems differently.
While there needs to be a focus on fostering an inclusive culture of diversity among existing staff, businesses need to ensure their hiring plans take this into account too. Having a workforce that embraces diversity and free thinking can be achieved through attracting top talent that represents a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. The hirer should ensure that the recruitment process does not limit the type of personalities they are attracting and welcomes people from various backgrounds and experiences.
Each employee has their own unique way of being able to contribute to the company and it is the responsibility of their line managers to know the strengths and weaknesses of their own team. Encouraging diversity of thought will enable businesses to put their employees to the most effective use. Businesses should consciously drive an inclusive culture and create an atmosphere where employees are able to share their ideas and views, as well as respect others.
The challenge of continuing to access the skills of our most talented people is not a luxury, but a business imperative. It is one that, if planned and supported well, will reap the value of its investment many times over and ensure organisations have access to a deep and sustainable talent pool upon which to draw when planning for success.
This article was originally published on Hays.