“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” –Maya Angelou
The world is a diverse place and so are our workplaces. Each individual contributes their unique vision, wisdom, values and strengths that enhance the foundation of every company and organization. I always say, diversity in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Studies have shown that a diverse workplace increases productivity and contributes to the progress of a business. Whether you are an entrepreneur or trailblazer in a large organization, highlighting diversity practices and good business ethics expands your client circle and reiterates your commitment to productive business leadership.
In order to embrace diversity in your professional life, take an active role by implementing diversity values. If you’re looking for steps on how to embrace diversity in the workplace, consider the following suggestions:
Commit to a Diverse Work Culture
Demonstrate that diversity is a core part of your business principles. Create an inclusive work environment where people feel welcomed and valued for sharing their opinions and skills. Have positive and productive conversations about diversity within your business, on your website and even in your mission statement.
Build Your Diverse Network
Collaboration with diverse individuals provides new personal and professional perspectives. Attend networking events and industry-related conferences to communicate and innovate with people who are different from you. Our NAPW National Networking Summit Series launching in June, provides unlimited diverse connections from all over the country. This is where your networking power is the strongest!
Hire Diverse Talent
Promote a diverse work environment by recruiting people of different cultures and backgrounds. There are many benefits of hiring a diverse staff such as fresh ideas and concepts, and gaining a variety of knowledge and skills. Assess the different learning styles and strengths in people and utilize the full potential of everyone around you.
Open Your Mind and Your Door
Building relationships through increased understanding and trust helps to foster inclusion. Involve people from a variety of backgrounds in your decision-making and problem-solving processes. Learn about the cultural backgrounds, lives and interests of your employees, co-workers and peers. Open, effective communication optimizes the opportunity for positive change and success.
Be a Diversity Advocate
You’re a leader, so lead the way! We all have the power to inspire others through our actions. Diversity of thought stimulates the possibility of more than one way of thinking. Model an attitude of openness and appreciation of diversity. Utilize diversity training as a tool to teach, mentor and encourage people to lead with you.
Stand up to Discrimination
Raise your voice for the unheard opinion. Taking action against discrimination creates a supportive environment for everyone. Help others learn to value each other’s differences and strengths for the opportunity to grow and be more productive.
Celebrate diversity and embrace an inclusive workforce!
How do you plan to embrace diversity? What steps have you taken to encourage diversity in your workplace? Share your comments below.