Today’s organizations know only too well that they have to create a culturally diverse work environment. Candidates themselves are also becoming more aware of the advantages of being part of a multicultural and open team. Indeed, research confirms that such environments increase efficiency and ensure retention. But are these the only benefits? Well in this article we take a closer look at more upsides of cultural diversity in the workplace.
“Teams and companies for which diversity management is an important element of their HR – or more broadly – business strategy, offer various ideas, perspectives and development opportunities. As a result, employees may draw upon their various talents and look to their own experiences and skill sets. This creates an opportunity to harness creative and inventive solutions, which can sometimes be more difficult to achieve in a group of people with a similar background, life situation or who possess a uniform skill set, ” so states Patrycja Kamionek, Project Manager at the Responsible Business Forum, which coordinates the Diversity Charter in Poland.
Companies promoting diversity in the workplace are perceived to be more ethical and socially responsible. Cultural diversity in the workplace also plays a key role when it comes to brand building. Unsurprisingly, this leads to increased profitability and a more level playing field for both the company and its employees. In this way, organizations that engage in diversity enjoy global recognition. All of these ‘win wins’ underpin an employer’s standing and demonstrate their respect for both fair employment practices and professional ethics.
Attracting the best talent
Modern organizations perfectly understand the need to create a cultural diversity in the workplace. Jobseekers, especially millennials and Gen Z, attach great importance to all aspects of diversity. Culturally diverse organizations generally attract top talent. When employees feel accepted and appreciated, they are also happier, more motivated, more productive and therefore easier to retain. As a result, companies with greater diversity tend to have lower attrition rates, which ultimately means lower recruitment and introductory training costs.
Diverse cultural perspectives develop creativity and drive innovation
Employees from different backgrounds have different perspectives and bring to each task their background, education and previous work experience. By working together on a project, they bring new viewpoints and are able to challenge each other, which allows for the emergence and honing of unique ideas and solutions. The diversity of skills and experiences within a team also means that employees can learn from one another.
Language skills help open the doors to business
Language barriers and cultural differences can often be a barrier for a company that wants to expand abroad; and so, hiring employees who speak different languages can enable a company to think and work globally and interact with a wider customer base. The knowledge and experience gained in global organizations, which employees bring with them to a new company, are also extremely valuable. Hosting different nationalities in your company can also help to harness and nurture relationships.
Culturally diverse organizations are more productive and achieve better results
Employees are more likely to feel comfortable and happy in an environment where integration is perceived as a priority. Equality in the workplace is important for encouraging workers of all backgrounds to feel confident in their abilities, so that they can go on to achieve optimal performance. After all, the higher the morale of a team, the more productive they will be.
Cultural Diversity and its advantages in practice
Undoubtedly, culturally diverse organizations positively influence a company’s development. Research shows that multicultural groups are more creative and communicative, and that companies which harness this dynamic perform better on global markets. Such success also fosters a sense of purpose among team members and encourages successful cooperation, particularly when it comes to planning the company’s next endeavours.