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The Benefits of Diversity
More and more, organizations are realizing that in order to be successful they must value the diversity of their employees and the clients they serve.
Employees and managers together can develop ideas to make an organization more effective.
More and more, organizations are realizing that in order to be successful and recruit and retain the best employees, they must value the diversity of their employees and the clients they serve.
Whether you are a non-profit or a private corporation, learning to recognize and utilize differences can benefit your organization.
For most businesses this does not happen automatically, but through a process that involves personal and professional change.
Organizations need to define what diversity means to
Organizations must have clarity about the specific
benefits of diversity to their success
Organizations need to assess how they are presently doing
in terms of recruitment and retention and promotion
After you do an assessment develop a plan to address issues and create a plan to support diversity. Are you lacking diversity at the employee level, management, or board of directors? Some organizations have been able to recruit diverse employees but their executive leadership is exactly alike in terms of race, age gender, geographic background or education. If you always recruit from the same sources you will always get the same people. Talk to other companies that have successfully recruited and maintained a diverse workforce. Find out how they get their candidates and what they have done to create a more inclusive environment. According to Chochezi, "when people feel included, they are more likely to give appropriate input. They still feel encouraged even if their ideas are not accepted each time."
Provide appropriate training
Learn from other organizations but be aware of what your
group can do specifically to be more inclusive.
Examine all systems and processes and change those impede inclusion.
Finally, senior management needs to drive the change or it will be seen as one more good idea that never worked.
About the Author: Simma Lieberman works with people and organizations to create environments where people can do their best work. She specializes in diversity, gender communications, life-work balance and stress, and acquiring and retaining new customers.
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