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Diversity in the Workplace

There are many components that go into a successful business. Goals, follow through, location, money/time management, and people! In the article “Working with Different People and Personalities”, we talked about different personality types. We also shared how to best work with them. Imperative to success, in today’s business world, is to have diversity in the workplace.  Not only is it imperative, it’s also more satisfying.

It’s taken our country a while to catch up on this concept. And there’s still work to be done. A staff of various backgrounds has a multitude of benefits. Personally, it broadens ones’ horizons. After all, what fun is it to know everything? Chances are, if you enjoy travel, you appreciate different surroundings. Perhaps you like learning about a sundry of cultures and history. Seeing regions opposite from your own makes a trip far more interesting. Typically, we don’t go places where we’d be doing the same things we do at home. Adopting that same mentality when it comes to human beings is a great way to look at things.

Another advantage is relate-ability. More than likely, you have customers of different heritages. If you don’t, my guess is that you’d like to. No successful business person should want to limit themselves. Having a diverse staff gives your customers (and potentials) someone else to relate to. Also, you may find someone that can bring new ideas to the table. This can only make your business better.

One of the things that can limit a business, is language barriers. Having people of different ethnicity opens a whole new window for your company. You have new opportunities with customers that you couldn’t communicate with before.

Sometimes, we have difficulty filling positions. This is especially true when we limit who we employ. Imagine doubling, tripling (or more) the number of candidates that could be assets to your business!

As you know, word of mouth is the best form of advertising. When you have a contrasted staff, your network grows. Your reputation for being open to a diversified environment will precede you. This can bring growth you never would have experienced otherwise.

No matter the background, your employees need to be qualified. But not limiting your candidates is beneficial to you, your business, the community, and the world!

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