How would you like your staff to regurgitate the same ideas to you over and over again whenever you ask for new thoughts?
Doesn’t sound like the makings of an innovative business, does it?
That it why it is so important that you strive to maintain diversity in your business–both literally (different cultures, race, religion, etc…) as well as diversity in thinking.
Below are some benefits to workforce diversity:
It creates a more accepting environment
Not only is this important for moral and ethical reasons, but it also ensures everyone keeps an open mind about new ideas.
You would certainly prefer an environment that welcomes and encourages unorthodox and outside-of-the-box thinking rather than ensuring everyone is always in agreement.
By allowing this, more people will feel free and comfortable expressing their ideas, bringing forth a better chance that you will stumble upon useful concepts that you can work with.
It allows for an easier free-flow of ideas
Sometimes ideas or projects aren’t conceived by just one person. They can be created by a team of people, in a brainstorming session or can be built upon during casual sharing of new thoughts.
The easier it is for new ideas to be communicated throughout your business, the easier it is for these ideas to be built upon and turned into something that can bring innovation to your company.
It can give your business an international focus
Considering diversity in the literal sense, encouraging the hire of a variety of people from different cultures, races and religions, etc… ensures that you and your staff are welcoming of different conventions and generates awareness of the variety of customs that exist around the globe.
It will ensure that you and your staff keep different countries and cultures in mind when either designing a product or service, looking for partners or new markets.
It keeps your staff thinking outside-of-the-box
All around, diversity in the literal sense and diversity in thought keeps your staff thinking creatively and seeking new conventions for solving problems. This can save you money, reveal new markets or products, improve processes, etc… Generating a large and diverse set of ideas is a major ingredient to the recipe of a truly innovative business.
Does anyone have any thoughts about diversity? There are plenty of other benefits that diversity provides companies. What are they?