When we talk of diversity, we refer to the variety of experiences and perspectives that come from the amalgamation of different races, cultures, mental or physical abilities, gender, identity and other characteristics. In the past few years, it has been observed that the way of functioning in businesses have changed drastically. People are no more stuck to one kind of trait or quality. Even during recruitment, many jobs look for candidates with talent in multiple fields. This only means that diversity is what is looked for these days.
Well, promotion of workplace diversity has many benefits. In the world of globalization, it can be a great aid. So, here are a number of ways that may help you promote workplace diversity in your company:
Identification of Needs
First and foremost, you identify what you need in an employee you are looking forward to hire. Things have changed now. For example, a company in a certain place might need someone who is really good in speaking Hindi. But they might also have Tamil clients who are not used to Hindi. In such situations, diversity becomes real necessity. Therefore, in order to create a diverse work force, one needs to first see if the people they are recruiting match the demographics you want to serve.
It is always suggestive to talk to local organizations about your requirement. Another easy way is to ask the employees for referrals. They are sure to have peers that are working in the industry. So, there is a good chance that some of them might be looking for a job change.
It is very important that the recruitment stays neutral. It is therefore wise to develop and implement an equal opportunity employment policy. Regardless of age, race, gender and religion, the candidates will be chosen based on their talent. It is always great to create a committee to help you implement the policy and come up with innovative ideas on how to attract more diversity in the company. At the same time, you also need to make the job appear more compelling that will attract more candidate pool.
The process of recruitment demands that it remains transparent for all. It is expected that all employees understand the decisions on finding the best candidates are based on their individual qualities and not on favoritism. Else, it gets really difficult to ease dubious employees. At the same time, it should also be kept in mind that the managers understand the benefits of a diverse workplace really well as their commitment and support will be very important.
The first week for anyone in a new company is a tough period. It is not easy to grasp things so quickly. Along with this remains a doubt if the company has a future and whether it was wise enough to accept the offer. At such times, a clear communication on opportunities and advancements with the new hires is all that is required.
It is not really easy to create a diverse workplace. So many factors come into play when such a requirement is felt. But at the same time, with proper planning and approach, this can be achieved.