Seeking diversity at work isn't just a catchphrase; it's a smart business move. According to a revealing McKinsey report, companies excelling in ethnic and racial diversity in their management's top quartile were far more likely to surpass industry-average financial returns. Similarly, those leading in gender diversity had a 15% higher probability of outperforming industry average returns. Beyond financial benefits, recent research uncovers an added layer of workplace diversity advantages: mixed teams inherently have heightened intelligence.
In the collective desire for innovation, managers and teams alike crave environments that demonstrate certain characteristics. Ones where the spirit of experimentation is encouraged, and psychological safety is paramount. Research is in agreement; these behaviours are not just nice-to-haves but are proven drivers for greater innovation. So, it's not just about the bottom line; it's about creating a workplace where innovation and diversity intertwine, setting the stage for a culture that drives success.
When it comes to job hunting, landing a position is a two-way street. While organisations evaluate candidates, candidates should also assess the company’s values and practices. To ensure a fair and inclusive workplace, here are some questions candidates can pose:
Benefit: Seeking clarity in the hiring process structure ensures a foundation for improvement and addresses unconscious bias.
Benefit: Understanding the concept of a "culture add" helps candidates align with the organisation's values and assess the importance placed on diversity.
Benefit: Enquiring about measures to recognise and address unconscious biases demonstrates the company's commitment to creating an inclusive environment.
Benefit: Learning about fair chance hiring reflects the company's commitment to providing opportunities for all individuals, fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Benefit: Exploring anti-bias techniques integrated into hiring processes demonstrates the company's dedication to fair and unbiased assessments.
Benefit: Learning about the company's initiatives showcases its commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion, providing insight into its workplace culture.
Diversity manifests in various forms—gender, age, sexual orientation, or cultural background. This diversity not only changes how teams function but also influences their outputs, making them distinct from homogenous teams. Here are just a handful of benefits that will add strings to any team’s bows.
Facts in diverse teams undergo diverse processing, leading to deeper research and market insights. Companies with greater diversity are 70% more likely to capture diverse markets.
Diversity fosters a pool of creativity and innovation. Varied backgrounds bring new ideas and perspectives to problem-solving and project development.
Diverse teams facilitate the development of cross-cultural skills, improved communication, negotiation, and enhanced problem-solving abilities.
Diverse teams engage in discussions on different levels, exploring varied viewpoints and fact-checking. This results in a deeper understanding of problems and, quite frankly, better solutions.
A diverse workplace is linked to a 56% spike in job performance, a 50% reduction in turnover risk, and a 75% reduction in sick days.
A diverse workplace supports employer branding, with 76% of job seekers evaluating a company’s diversity practices before accepting a job offer.
Data suggests that the more diverse the team, the better the team’s decision-making. Diverse teams draw inspiration from unrelated places, creating a breeding ground for more unconventional Ideas. To make such ideas happen, diverse and inclusive teams bring to bear a broad array of experiences, perspectives, skills, and networks, allowing them to execute ideas more efficiently. Here are a few practical ways to organisations can foster a culture of innovation:
Next time you’re looking for a placement on a project or a spot within a team, it might be a great starting point, to ponder some of these observations in interviews or your application process. Diversity isn't just a buzzword; it's a strategic imperative for companies aiming to thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape. By embracing diversity and fostering inclusiveness, organisations can unlock the full potential of their teams, driving innovation, improving decision-making, and ultimately achieving sustainable success.