3 Ways to Create a More Diverse Workplace

These days, more and more business owners are recognizing the importance of diversity in the contemporary world. Whether you want to increase diversity for moral or economic reasons, now is the time to access and implement strategies that will facilitate a more diverse workplace. Here are three techniques that you can utilize to get on the path to a more inclusive, multicultural setting immediately:

1. Become Culturally Competent.

If you’re serious about making a diverse workplace a reality, start with yourself. Working to become more culturally competent will set a positive tone in the workplace setting while also showing your employees that you are genuinely committed to living out the multicultural values that have become a part of your company. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “cultural competence,” note that it references being aware of one’s own cultural identity while simultaneously learning more about other cultures and celebrating between-group variations.

There are literally hundreds of strategies that you can implement to become more culturally competent and thereby change your company culture so that people from diverse backgrounds feel included and accepted. One technique you can employ is to engage in diversity-related activities and events outside of the work setting. This will help increase your cultural competence while simultaneously showing your employees you’re not just “putting on an act” or trying to seem “politically correct.”

Another simple strategy you can implement to facilitate cultural competence is demonstrating receptivity to coworker discourse regarding the practices and customs of their cultures. This strategy is oftentimes incredibly simple and it can also be profoundly effective because it functions as unequivocal proof that you are not attempting to create a monocultural environment in which their experiences, beliefs, and perspectives have no place.

2. Emphasize The Economic Value.

In addition to becoming culturally competent, be sure that you emphasize the economic value of optimizing diversity when you discuss the issue with the board, management team, employees, etc. As noted by diversity expert Zoe Henry, it’s important to make it clear to everyone how diversity will impact the organization’s bottom line. In many cases, employees and business partners will be motivated to operate more inclusively when they realize that doing so will benefit them economically.

3. Develop A Long-Term Strategy.

In some cases, business owners make the mistake of attempting to fix their lack of diversity in one fell swoop. This is not the best modality. Unfortunately, systematized forms of discrimination such as sexism, racism, and homophobia work to continually create environments that are hostile to multiculturalism, inclusion, and diversity. As such, your approach to creating a more diverse workplace needs to be both systematic and long-term. With this idea in mind, make sure that you get in the habit of regularly engaging in activities that move beyond the “quick fix” realm and rather make diversity an integral, ongoing element of your company’s culture. An example would be having an annual celebration of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah during the festive season.

Don’t Delay: Start Creating A More Diverse Workplace Today!

If you’re serious about creating a more diverse workplace, now is the time to get the process underway. You can use some or all of the techniques listed above to begin realizing the goal!

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