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Understanding Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

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Cultural diversity inside the workplace isn’t just a slogan anymore. There are a lot of researches that have been conducted to prove that cultural diversity in the workplace is also beneficial to the success of the company.  Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are vital for an organization to function efficiently. There will be a set of different groups in every place that needs to feel that they are included in the company. These different set of people aims to achieve a safe space where they could feel that every one of them is equally appreciated. On the other hand, many organizations are often struggling on the diversity shifts that happen whenever they try to achieve inclusion for everybody. Although most of the present companies and organizations are trying to diversify their workplace, their common dilemma is to maintain the order of their diverse workplace.

 

Research shows that having a diverse group is making the teams more creative, more innovative and higher performing. Diversity in the workplace can actually increase an organization’s bottom line. A company that values each person’s differences whether if it’s related to race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation is better equipped to engage top industry talent and improve long-term success. Diversityresources.com explained that having a cultural competence in a company is the ability to interact effectively, communicate, and have a better understanding of different kinds of people from different cultures. The current globalization in the economy is one of the driving forces of cultural diversity in the workplace, and the employers are now slowly realizing how beneficial it is for their company to have a diverse workplace, but they should first learn how they will incorporate the benefits of cultural diversity by making an effort in communicating their commitment in addressing the challenges of having a diverse workplace, and they must be committed to celebrating and respecting their employees’ diversity in order to avoid issues in the workplace, such as awkwardness and hostility.

 

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Types of diversity in the workplace

People have a different perspective since each of them have different backgrounds and it allows the workplace to have a wider scope of solutions at different problems from all angles. Diversity and inclusion initiatives are aimed at eliminating obstacles and bringing people from these groups into full participation in the workforce, and understanding the opportunities that the diverse groups could provide and the challenges they face is critical in building an effective diverse and inclusive strategy.

 

One of the types of workplace diversity is gender. In a website called Allegis group.com, they noted that there are more women in the workplace today than at any time in history, but female workers still experience obstacles on their respective workplaces that includes, issues of bias and harassments, unequal salaries, and the undermining of their talents because of their gender. Pew Research found that women earn 83 percent of what men earned in 2015. Sexual harassments in the workplace that involves high-profile companies have been in news circulation today. Aside from that, the unfair pay and limited career advancement among female workers is starting to generate a concern from some companies and they are now recognizing and troubleshooting the contributors of the gender bias.

 

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Meanwhile, different surveys reveal that LGBT workers also experience discrimination in their work even though they represent a powerful part of the consumer market and the corporate workforce. The influence of the LGBT community on the total workforce is significant as a company’s treatment of LGBT workers also impacts the view of “allies,” people who are not part of this group but agree with and advocate for the rights of LGBT persons in the community.

 

Aside from gender, one of the most controversial and sensitive types of diversity in the ethnicity or race of the person. More organizations and companies today have been considering race and ethnicity as part of their diversity and inclusion strategies. Allegisgroup.com also stated that when the companies are facing the challenges that involve ethnic diversity, the company must improve the way how their employees communicate with one another.

 

Achieving cultural diversity

Diversity and inclusion are two different things. As explained by Gallup, diversity represents the different spectrum of human demographic differences, such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, or physical disability. Meanwhile, inclusion refers to a cultural and environmental feeling of belonging. Having an inclusive environment in the workplace could make the employees feel appreciated because of their unique and special characteristics which will make them comfortable of sharing their ideas with one another.

Adweek.com suggested on their website that in order to have a diverse culture in the workplace, the company should invest in team building activities that will help in creating opportunities for everyone in the company. Brainstorming their ideas and having a healthy discussion is very important if the company wants to achieve better performance and a productive work environment.

 

Furthermore, the leader of the group should know how to act accordingly. An efficient leader knows how to learn from his/her own team. Adweek.com also mentioned that it is part of the leader's’ job to seek out, observe, absorb and digest new ideas and perspective in order for their group to succeed. Also, they should learn how to give constructive criticism as feedback and they shouldn’t depend on their decisions based on their subjective opinions.

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