At the workplace, we don’t choose who we work with – a workforce is made up of a diverse team with people of different ages, cultural backgrounds, genders, beliefs, and many other aspects.
How can companies intentionally foster diversity?
1. Value differences
To be able to promote diversity, we must first acknowledge the differences in each other. Value individuals for who they are instead of fitting them into boxes.
Encourage open conversations to have a deeper understanding of every individual’s uniqueness and comprehend how their expertise can be an asset to the company.
An employee feels valued when you get to know them better and thus perform better.
2. Specify a common goal
Every individual needs to know and understand the target to achieve in the company.
When all team members work towards the same goal, regardless of their dissimilarities, there is a highly likelihood of success.
3. Understand the advantage of cross-cultural competencies
The benefits of having a multi-cultural team is that each individual perceives a problem from a different angle and is also able to come up with a different solution.
Conflicts may happen when a situation is approached in various ways. But it isn’t always a bad thing as disagreements between team members can lead to innovation and positive change.
4. Create a safe environment for better collaborations
Speculations and assumptions are commonly made by employees when matters or decisions aren’t transparent.
Leaders play an important role in practicing transparency on a daily basis for it to cascade down to lower levels for greater cooperation among team members.
5. Give constructive feedback
Taking the time to explain something is necessary to help give a team member meaningful feedback. That way, team members will know if they are doing things right and what they can improve.
6. Get to know others
Affinity brings individuals closer together. When team members get to know each other better, they tend to be more flexible and work easily together.
One way to get team members to collaborate collectively is to create tasks or projects where they have to work together.
How do you promote diversity? Do you value differences in employees? Is your company policies flexible enough for HR to recruit a diverse team?