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OneWellness August 24, 2023

Celebrating Differences: The Power Of Diversity And Inclusion In Your Workplace

Medically Reviewed by Nkese Onoko

Written by Adaobi Oduenyi

In this fast-paced world, creating a workplace that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion isn't just a nice-to-have, it's an absolute must-have. As the heartbeat of your organization, you have the power to shape a culture that not only welcomes differences but thrives on them. Let's take a deep dive into the incredible benefits of diversity and inclusion, backed by some real numbers, and I'll share some friendly advice on how you can make it happen.

Why Diversity and Inclusion Rock

1. Sparking Creativity: Imagine a team where everyone thinks alike, agrees on everything no one shares innovative ideas, and everyone just flows with the same rhythm, it's like eating the same flavour of ice cream every day, Boring!

Having a diverse team is like having access to a buffet of creativity, with a diverse blend of unique backgrounds and ideas. According to McKinsey & Company, companies with diverse leaders are 21% more likely to "cash out” when it comes to profits.

2. Attracting Superstar Talent: Think about it – when you walk into a room, don't you love seeing all kinds of people? That’s how job seekers feel the same way about workplaces. Glassdoor's magic ball says that 67% of them value diversity when picking their dream employers. And guess what? If you nurture inclusivity, your A-team will stick around longer, saving you the headache of replacing them.

3. Unicorn Market Advantage: Imagine having a diverse team that understands your customers inside-out because they're as diverse as your customers and can easily relate to them and would most likely provide solutions or services that can retain and get more customers and even make them brand advocates. That's like having a treasure map in your hands! You'll serve your customers better, and in the business world, that's a recipe for success.

4. Happy Vibes and High-Fives: Ever been in a place where you felt like you truly belonged? That's the kind of magic inclusivity brings. When folks feel at home, they work harder and smarter. The Harvard Business Review even says that inclusive teams can score up to 80% better in teamwork tests.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

1. Deloitte tells us that organizations with an inclusive vibe are eight times more likely to hit their business goals.

2. Boston Consulting Group proves that teams with diverse leaders can rake in 19% higher revenues thanks to their killer innovation.

3. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors.

Tips for Supercharging Diversity and Inclusion

1. Lead the Way: Picture this: your leaders don't just talk the talk; they walk the walk when it comes to diversity and inclusion. That's like setting off a sparkler in the night sky – everyone notices!

2. Fight Bias with Knowledge: Host workshops that bust biases wide open. When your team knows their biases, they can tame them. It's like turning everyday heroes into bias-busting champions.

3. Champion Inclusive Recruitment: Break out of your comfort zone when hunting for new team members. Check out fresh sources for diverse talent, and use structured interviews to keep bias in check.

4. Unleash the Power of ERGs: Let employee resource groups (ERGs) be your secret sauce. They're like fan clubs that celebrate diversity. They provide valuable insights and give people a place to belong.

5. Policy Party: Put your company policies and benefits under the microscope. Make sure they're welcoming to all, regardless of where they come from.

6. Listen, Learn, Repeat: Send out regular surveys and make a habit of checking in with your team. Listen to their experiences, learn from them, and improve.

7. Cultivate Inclusive Leaders: Identify the leaders who light up the room with their inclusive vibes. Nurture them and help them spread the love.

To every Employee relations manager, HR personnel, Talent acquisition manager, Learning and development manager and co, you're the glue that holds your organization together. Embracing diversity and inclusion isn't just about checking a box – it's about weaving a tapestry of unique stories, talents, and backgrounds into the fabric of your workplace. The numbers don't lie – diversity is just awesome, and inclusion is the secret sauce that makes your team shine. Let's make our workplaces places where everyone can soar, thrive, and make a real impact.

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