8 Strategies to Improve Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

A 2018 McKinsey research states that higher cultural diversity in workplace results in better revenues and value addition. SYPartners associate principal Sabrina Clark informs that companies with varied workforce are more efficient than the ones that lack diversity. In this article at CIO, Sharon Florentine discusses 8 strategies to improve cultural diversity in the workplace.

8 Ways to Increase Cultural Diversity

Clark adds that Google’s market performance is decreasing because its workplace lacks cultural diversity. Moreover, companies with diversity in the C-suite level have 33% more chance to earn profits. Also, organizations with gender diversity have the caliber to earn profits 21% more. Following are the 8 strategies that you can use to improve cultural diversity in the workplace:

Making It Comfortable: By establishing cultural diversity, you make employees comfortable in their own skin. While diversity does not happen in a day, you must work towards it. What worked for your rival company may not work for you. So, it is always good to have open discussions about it.

Leaders with Empathy: HR and leaders together can inculcate cultural diversity in the workplace. The C-suite executives must involve themselves mentally and logically. Clark explains that leaders must remember the time when they felt like an outcast themselves. Only then can they convince their teams why they care about a diverse corporate culture.

An All-Round Approach: Cultural diversity is not the responsibility of the top management only. Instead of compelling employees to follow an inclusive rule, enable them to internalize it. Let them experience diverse cultures and viewpoints to broaden their acceptance power.

Proactive but Relevant Diversification: Recruiting employees from various backgrounds but not based on merits does you no good. Create an environment for top talents from all cultures to feel free to express opinions. Undeniably, conflicts will happen, maybe a bit more than usual. However, everything done in moderation is better than doing nothing at all.

A Continuous Process: Accepting different cultures is an ongoing process and improves gradually by building ‘microbehaviors’. By sharing opinions and being knowledgeable about diverse backgrounds, cultural diversity will improve.

Converting Challenges into Opportunities: Projects are created out of challenges, so why not apply the same logic to create cultural diversity? Fear not only creates resistance but also decreases the opportunity to accept new things.

Designing to Shine and Not Conform: It is easy to mold behaviors to fit into the accepted workplace norms. However, that prevents individuals to explore or think outside the box. As per Clark, “’Fit’ is dangerous, as it can exclude.”

Brand Reflecting Diversity: When you facilitate diversity, that gives reflected in the brand. If you are catering to diverse customers but not entertaining cultural diversity at work, you have not undergone real change.

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Indrani Roy

Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.

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