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Guide for Ensuring Diversity and Inclusiveness at Workplace

Organizations tend to gain greater business success by including different perspectives and problem-solving abilities by having a diverse workforce. Hence, organizations need to have a roadmap in place to promote diversity and inclusiveness and overcome the challenges on the way.

Overview of Diversity and Inclusiveness


Diversity at the workplace can be defined as the ability of an organization to understand, accept, and value individual members of the workforce irrespective of the differences in their age, gender, and cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

Inclusion at the workplace is about creating a collaborative, supportive, and respectful environment with greater employee participation and contribution.

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Organizations acknowledge that embracing diversity and inclusiveness can help them attain desired business outcomes more effectively.

Multiple research studies conducted on the topic have also indicated that diversity and inclusiveness play a critical role in improving the overall organizational effectiveness and enhancing workforce performance.

What are the Benefits of Adopting Diversity and Inclusiveness as a Policy?

Organizations that adopt diversity and inclusion as their core HR Policy can be assured of several benefits.

The most important of these benefits are as follows:

1. Better work culture

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Diversity helps the overall organizational culture as co-workers share the unique aspects of their culture and beliefs.

This may inspire a positive change in their attitude and approach towards their work and their colleagues.

Hence, it can help build an open and inclusive culture in the organization.

2. Different perspectives on problem-solving


It enhances overall efficiency as employees use their distinct skills, backgrounds, and experiences to solve problems at the workplace.

3. Employer branding

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It enhances employer brand value since talented candidates prefer to work where diversity and inclusion are part of the culture.

4. Employee retention

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Finally, having a diverse and inclusive workplace can enhance employee retention significantly as studies have shown.

It can thus pave the way for consistent growth and success of the organization.

What are the Best Practices to Improve Diversity and Inclusiveness?

The four important best practices that organizations should look at implementing are as follows:

1. Promote Diversity in Hiring

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Organizations should look at encouraging diversity at every level and stage of the employee lifecycle including recruitment and career progression.

Hence, a diverse workforce brings with it the benefits of extensive expertise, varied skills, and volumes of knowledge.

These can help the organization develop a better understanding of its customers and give it a competitive advantage. 

2. Create a Culture of Respect and Tolerance


Also, organizations must promote mutual respect between diverse groups that exist within their workforce.

Hence, they should follow an unbiased approach to accommodating events, occasions, and celebrations of different groups.

This will help create a deep sense of belonging among the employees, especially those belonging to minority groups.

3. Ensure Freedom of Expression

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Creating a culture where employees get respect, can speak their mind without fear, and are assured of being listened to, can help in promoting inclusion.

It also helps in strengthening their connection with the organization and assures them of being truly valued. It also makes it easier to resolve problems and embrace innovative solutions.

For this, supervisors need to be coached to be good listeners and respect opinions and views even if contrary to their own.

4. Encourage Diversity in Thinking


The decision to have a diverse workforce also promotes diversity in the thinking of the workforce.

Hence, organizations should promote such diverse thinking as it helps in generating new ideas and better strategies for business growth.

Moreover, the collective power of diverse opinions and viewpoints helps the organization move toward the fulfillment of common business goals.

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Building a diverse and multicultural workforce is the need of the hour for organizations seeking the path of success in these highly competitive and economically testing times. There are multiple benefits for organizations in creating such a workforce.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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