Building a diverse workforce is good for business and good for your culture. Diversity in your workforce helps you build a more inclusive, innovative, and creative culture.
Reasons You Need to Diversify Your Workforce
If you don’t actively build a diverse workforce, then you won’t attract a diverse customer base, and you’ll be missing out on hiring top talent.
1. To Be More Innovative
When you hire a diverse workforce, you’ll hire people from different backgrounds and experiences. When people from different backgrounds work together, they’ll come up with more creative and innovative ideas and will be able to find new methods of problem solving.
Because your workforce will be more innovative and creative, you’ll also be developing new ideas that meet the needs of the whole market, instead of just a small market segment.
3. To Avoid Lawsuits
If you don’t make diversity a priority when you’re hiring, you run the risk of being sued for gender and racial discrimination.
4. To Recruit Top Talent
According to Glassdoor, two-thirds of all job hunters said that diversity is important when they’re evaluating a company or considering a job offer. If your company is not diverse, then you’re only going to attract one-third of job hunters and are missing out on a huge pool of talent.
By recruiting a diverse workforce, you’re also ensuring that you are hiring the best possible talent, regardless of race, gender, or background.
How to Build a Diverse Workforce
Building a diverse workforce takes effort, but by taking a few simple steps, you’ll be able to create a workforce that is diverse and innovative.
Examine Your Current Team
The first step to building a diverse workforce is to examine what your team looks like right now. It might be hard, but you have to be honest with yourself.
Ask yourself how diverse your most recent hires are. You should also take a look at meetings where important decisions are made – how diverse is that conference room?
After you’ve determined how diverse your team is now, you’ll know where you have to put the most effort in.
Create a Diverse Leadership Team
If your leadership team isn’t diverse, then you’ll have a hard time hiring a diverse workforce because the leadership team will each bring their own biases and judgments to the table.
If your leadership team is just you, then take a look at your mentors and try to create a diverse team of advisors. They will help you make more open-minded hiring decisions so you can build a diverse group of employees.
Cultivate an Inclusive Culture
If your culture isn’t inclusive, then it doesn’t matter how much effort you put into hiring people from different walks of life, because they won’t want to stick around.
By cultivating an inclusive culture, all your employees will feel like part of the team and will be comfortable sharing their ideas and giving feedback. They’ll know that their contributions are just as important as their coworkers’.
To create an inclusive culture, you have to set the example and make the effort to include everyone on your team.