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How to Create a Culture of Diversity

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We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products.”

-Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook isn’t the only company that holds this viewpoint. According to a report from LinkedIn Talent Solutions, workplace diversity is one of the top trends impacting hiring this year. Why are more and more companies deciding to prioritize this?

Research consistently proves that more diverse teams get better results

McKinsey found that ethnically and culturally diverse companies are 33% more likely to outperform others in their industry. Diverse teams can pull from a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and interests to solve problems and come up with new ideas. And as Sandberg mentioned, a diverse group better represents and understands your customer base.

It’s also important to remember that “diversity” doesn’t just refer to ethnicity, culture, or gender. Employees of various ages and generations can bring different perspectives. So can those with diverse work experience.

Creating a culture of diversity

Our backgrounds and cultures impact how we work and communicate. Developing presence and communication agility can help you and your team bridge communication gaps.

These skills create “true influence”—the ability to lead and communicate effectively and authentically. With influence, you can connect, motivate, and inspire action.

Here’s how you can develop these skills:

As an individual

As a team

  • Use exercises like the DISC assessment to reveal how you like to interact with others, how you give and respond to feedback, and more.
  • Consider a mentor program to connect individuals with their peers. This is particularly effective if you can pair individuals who work in different departments. This allows everyone to have an unbiased third party they can go to in a given situation.

Every member of an organization has the responsibility to help create a culture of diversity. Hiring managers should seek to find a diverse pool of job candidates. Team members should take pride in contributing to company culture that benefits all employees. Leaders should create a work environment where employee differences foster creativity and innovative thinking rather than tension or misunderstanding.

Ready to apply this in your organization? Get in touch today.

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