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Why Is Diversity in the Workplace Important to Employees?

by Jill Leviticus

Encouraging diversity can help a business grow and thrive. Although you probably understand the importance of diversity in the workplace, your employees might not grasp how it affects them. When employees learn how they benefit from your diversity policy, they might be more willing to embrace the concept and comply with company directives.

Increased Growth

A diverse workforce makes your company stronger, which can increase growth and profits. Company growth plays an important role in employee growth, as it provides more opportunities for advancement. Let your employees know that hiring employees from a variety of backgrounds also gives the company a better perspective on the needs of all its customers, not just one or two groups. Employees who come from a variety of racial and ethnic groups and sexes can provide valuable insight regarding the best marketing or customer service tactics to increase sales and improve customer satisfaction ratings among their respective groups.

Improved Workforce Quality

Making diversity a part of your human resources recruiting policy can improve the quality of the employees you hire. You can reach a much larger pool of applicants if you’re open to hiring people from diverse backgrounds. Diversity in hiring benefits your employees just as much as it helps the company. When you hire only the most qualified staff member, employees can rely on each other to provide technical expertise and guidance when they encounter a difficult problem. All employees on a team benefit when the group easily meets goals and objectives because each member of the team is skilled and experienced.

Decreased Turnover

A strong diversity program can decrease turnover. Employee conflicts that might eventually lead to resignations can occur if your company doesn't encourage diversity awareness, notes the HR.com website. While limiting turnover helps the company by reducing training and other costs, it also might have a direct impact on employees. High turnover means that employees are constantly training or assisting new hires, reducing time available to spend on their own tasks. Increased staff retention ensures that employees have adequate time to focus on their own duties.

Increased Flexibility

Employees who make up the diverse workforce often practice a variety of religions. Although your company probably can’t schedule a company holiday for every religious holiday, it might offer flexible work schedules or an increased number of personal days to accommodate the needs of all employees, regardless of their ethnicities or religions. The company also might be more open to permitting other types of flexible work arrangements, such as working from home or work sharing, particularly if the staff includes working parents.

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