Diversity empowers employees by appreciating what makes them unique, whether that be their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, education, national origin, sexual orientation, or religion. According to Global Diversity Practice, “Diversity allows for the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.” Organizations that promote diversity acknowledge and appreciate the unique viewpoints of their employees.
As stated on Great Place to Work, “A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feel equally involved in and supported in all areas of the workplace.” Research shows that there are four distinct organizational advantages to a diverse and inclusive workplace.
- Higher revenue growth
- Greater readiness to innovate
- Increased ability to recruit a diverse talent pool
- Higher employee retention
Organizations that embody and communicate the value of diversity will experience many opportunities as a result.
Benefits Involving Employees
While a diverse workplace provides many benefits for an organization, research shows that an inclusive workplace also empowers and connects employees. When employees trust that they will be treated fairly regardless of who they are, there is a positive shift in company culture. Great Place to Work claims there to be three benefits for employees regarding a diverse workplace.
- 9.8 times more likely to look forward to going to work
- 6.3 times more likely to have pride in their work
- 5.4 times more likely to want to stay at their company long-term
Diversity and inclusion are vital components to an organization’s success as they provide many benefits for both the employer and its employees. A workplace that emphasizes diversity yields employees the confidence to share their unique perspectives and experiences while feeling recognized and valued, regardless of their background.