The promise of diversity is that people with different experiences, perspectives and thinking styles combine and collaborate to create a stronger, more successful work product.
In fact, recent research shows that diverse teams make better business decisions up to 87% of the time. A 2018 study by a top management consulting firm shows that companies with diverse leadership outperform companies with non-diverse leadership in both innovation and financial performance.
While thereâ€™s clearly work to do in building bridges and promoting our commonalities to reduce our tribal differences – we hear stories from many employees that go through our courses who have seen the value of diversity first hand.
Why Diversity Matters
Hereâ€™s how weâ€™ve heard employees talk about their understanding of why diversity is important for business:
â€śWe have diversity in nationality of people where each one comes from a place and a culture that help us understand more the diversity of customers we have.â€ť
â€śFollowing good discipline of Involving the entire team to make collective decisions and planning helped my team deliver critical projects. Another team I work on lacked clarity and was less organized with sprint work and repeatedly missed delivery milestones and project delays.â€ť
Diversity Builds Better Teams
We also hear from employees who seem to just appreciate how great it can be to work in a diverse environment:
â€śMy team has to resolve problems on a regular basis. If everyone thinks alike then they all solve the problem in a similar way and if a problem is seen as difficult then it will be difficult for all team members. A team made up of people that think in different ways solves problems faster with more creative solutions.â€ť
â€śEach person on our team is different in one way or another and that continually helps us make better decisions. Especially working with some many different cultures every day.â€ť
People learn through stories. So soliciting and sharing stories about the value people get from working on diverse teams and employeesâ€™ perception of the business value of diversity is extremely effective in getting a workforce to actively promote diversity and inclusion.
Diversity and Inclusion Resources
Want to learn more? Check out these diversity and inclusion resources:
- [Guide] Managing Unconscious Bias.Â This guide offers strategies to address bias & build more diverse, inclusive organizations. It will teach you where and how to recognize bias, then strategies your team should use to mitigate it.
- [Webinar] What Savvy Leaders Know About Workplace Culture. Learn how a shared language that allows open and authentic communication based on company values makes it much easier to resolve conflicts and tackle challenging conversations across a diverse organization.
- [Checklist] Unbiased Recruitment. Practical tips for creating an unbiased hiring process.
- [Template] EEO Policy Template.Â A one-page template which efficiently outlines your company’s non-discrimination policy.
Ready to take the next step? Preview our Diversity and Inclusion course.