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A Diverse, Welcoming Workplace Leads to More Success

February 10th, 2016

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Diversity is more than just a buzzword. In all things, and especially in the character of your workforce, diversity is an asset that has a measurable impact on productivity, efficiency, and innovation. Just consider a Forbes survey of 321 companies with at least $500 million in revenue in which 85 percent of respondents agreed that diversity in the workforce is an essential consideration. So why does diversity lead directly to more success? Just consider these overarching benefits:

  • Rely on Multiple Skill Sets – A person’s skills extend beyond their schooling and career history. They also relate directly to the person’s background. Homogeneous workforces tend to have identical and overlapping skills, which is great in some situations but not in all of them. A diverse workforce, by contrast, is made up of professionals who each have something unique to offer. When you need to meet a new challenge, that multiplicity of skills proves to be an immediate asset.
  • Improve Your Recruitment Efforts – Today’s’ employees, especially those from younger generations, are motivated by more than just salary and benefits. They are eager to work for companies that share their beliefs/values and commit to a mission they want to be a part of. A diverse workforce can help retain vibrant talent – both minority and otherwise – and encourage that talent to stay with your organization for longer. Rather than adding an extra wrinkle to your recruitment process, diversifying could be the solution to many of your recruitment woes.
  • Build More Vibrant Teams – No one likes to feel like an outsider. But if your organization is only slightly diverse and has a large majority of a certain demographic of employee, it’s likely that someone feels left out. Making it a priority to build difference and variety into your workforce can lead ultimately to stronger, more cohesive teams. Everyone, regardless of demographic, feels like an important participant and learns to work more effectively with people unlike themselves.
  • Attract a Diverse Customer Base – Much like 21st century employees, 21st century consumers want to patronize businesses they believe in. If your company has a reputation as an all-white boys club, you’re likely losing a lot of minority business. Making a real investment in diversity and making that investment part of your public face can help to change the perception of your company and attract huge new swaths of business.

Understanding the benefits of diversity is easy. Actually diversifying your workforce is much harder. As you work to recruit a different kind of employee, rely on the resources of a staffing firm with a diverse pool of candidates already established. Contact The Concorde Group to find your next great hire from our recruiters in Westchester and throughout Connecticut.

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