Diversity and inclusion have become increasingly important in the workplace. When looking at your team, it’s important to recognise and make the most of each employee’s unique qualities.
Having a diverse workforce has been a major theme for RICS President Amanda Clack over the past year, and she will be discussing its importance in our upcoming Twitter Q&A.
So what are the tangible benefits of having a diverse workforce?
Crossing cultural boundaries
With many companies taking the plunge and going global, it’s more important than ever for them to have employees from a variety of backgrounds. Whether they speak different languages or know the local customs, someone with an intimate knowledge of new markets will also give you an advantage over your competition.
Variety of skills
It’s always good practice to play to your employees’ strengths and give them projects that fit their skills. However, everyone will have their own talents, so you’ll want to fill your team with people who are each good at different things instead of them all being good at the same one. This kind of diversity will allow employees to flourish, and encourages teamwork.
Different points of view
If everyone looks at a problem the same way, then they will only be able to offer one solution. Having a team with a variety of experience and skill sets means that each will approach the same problem in different ways. You’ll thus be able to offer different options to your clients, and can even increase overall productivity.
Attract more candidates for jobs
Companies that embrace diversity in their workforce will also attract a broader range of applicants for their vacancies. With more candidates applying, your chances of finding the perfect match increase. You may also discover some people who wouldn’t have applied normally – but who turn out to have a lot to contribute to your company.
Retain new employees
Once you’ve hired an employee, you may also find that your emphasis on diversity will encourage them to stay at the company. People like to work in inclusive environments where their particular skills and point of view are valued.
Being able to demonstrate that your company is committed to promoting equality can have a positive effect on your employees. Knowing that they will be treated fairly and equally regardless of their background can improve overall morale and keep your employees engaged and productive.