By diversity in the workplace, we mean the variety of employees within one organization. We’re not just talking about differences in gender and culture, but also about age and knowledge. In this article we tell you more about the benefits that a diverse workplace brings. Are you still working your way through implementing all the different nationalities? Or do you want to know how this can benefit your company? Read on quickly!
1. Improves employers personal development
By coming into contact with other cultures and getting to know different ‘types’ of people, you broaden your world. In this way employees discover that their prejudices are not correct and they can learn from different points of view and opinions.
This has a positive effect on self-development – an important part of vitality at work! – of the various members of the team, which they also benefit from outside the workplace
2. Increases creativity
A group with higher diversity looks at the same problem with different points of view, resulting in more creative solutions.
Scientific research supports this. Researchers Nakui and Paulus had brainstorming groups with high and low diversity generate ideas for a problem in one of their experiments. The researchers found no difference in number, but they did find a difference in quality. Several groups performed significantly better in this regard.
3. Boosts experience and knowledge
One advantage of having older employees on your team is that you can make use of their years of experience. Younger employees, on the other hand, are well aware of the latest developments and possibilities within the field. Combining young and old within one department is therefore a strong combination.
Older employees often also act as mentors for young people. Not only within their own field of expertise, but also with regard to other skills such as cooperation, creating support and tackling processes.
4. Makes you more committed
A diverse team has its finger on the pulse in several parts of society. Employees engage in other groups, both online and offline and inside and outside of work hours.
As a result, an organization with a diverse policy is better informed of various shifts within society, the market and the preferences of different target groups your organization serves. Also, diverse employees act as a sounding board to submit ideas to.
Being better informed on shifts within society sounds quite serious, but this can also contain the more fun things we can learn from each other’s cultures and nationalities. Think about special holidays. From different moments of celebrating the new year, to typical holidays like kingsday in the Netherlands. Here people are fully dressed in orange (koningsdag kleding/oranje kleding) to celebrate the king’s birthday. Implementing these moments of celebration can spread so much joy and understanding.
5. Ensures a better image
In 2019, organizations are expected to have a workplace that reflects society. A diverse group of employees is therefore good for the image of the organization.
Organizations that like to give something back to society can also generally count on more support. For example, we buy our snack tomatoes from care farm Kwekerij Osdorp, a tomato grower that employs and supervises people with a distance to the labor market. The fact that they work with vulnerable target groups is an extra reason for us to choose this party over another supplier. Our employees also include people with a distance to the labor market. We notice that this is experienced as positive by our lunch guests and the team.
6. Makes your pool of new talent bigger
Since connection with the current ‘war on talent’ and the tightening of the labor market, another advantage is that a diverse workplace makes it easier to attract new talent.
A team made up of employees of different ages, cultures, education and gender can tap into a wider network and thus fish from a larger labor pool than if you wanted to recruit a very specific target group.
Now you know how employing a lot of different nationalities and diversity can make your company stronger. Ready to grow? Good luck!