Advantages of Diversity in the Workplace

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shutterstock_258181688The development of technology makes the world more connected than ever. Nowadays, you can do business anytime and from anywhere you want. This means that you can also have clients, vendors or business partners from anywhere around the world. Since businesses are dealing with a more diverse marketplace, your staff should also reflect this diversity. If your employees are not coming from different backgrounds, then, your business may fail to attract different kinds of groups because you may not find out how to address their wants and needs. Therefore, try to hire people with different backgrounds and skillsets when recruiting new employees.

Below you can find other advantages of diversity in the workplace:

  • Language Skills: If you want to expand your business to different countries, hiring employees who speak the mother tongue of that particular country can make a big difference. Also, doing business in every country is different. It has different rules. Therefore, hiring someone native can help you overcome cultural barriers. Sometimes understanding the language is not enough by itself. You need to understand the true meaning behind the words as well.
  • Creativity Increases: Since different people coming from different backgrounds look at things from a different perspective, solving problems and creating new ideas become easier in a diverse team. Brainstorming in a diverse team also produces more results as every individual brings their own way thinking to the table.
  • Productivity Increases: Productivity increases in a workplace with diverse employees because they can bring different talents, skills and experiences which are advantages for the employer. Employer can draw from that talent pool anytime to meet its needs. A variety of skills and experiences among team members also means that employees can learn from each other and grow professionally.
  • Creates Innovation: If you have a team in which several people are great at thinking new ideas and concepts and others are great at executing these ideas, then, you can produce new products which will help you tap into new markets and expand your business. In today’s business world, it is important to think cross culturally, and adapt to new situations quickly in order not to miss any new opportunities.
  • Attracts and Retains Talent: If everyone feels included, sense of belonging increases and thus, loyalty to your organization increases. Moreover, everyone can benefit from each other’s skills and grow themselves professionally. Therefore, employee satisfaction increases when they feel that their careers progress.


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Ways to Motivate Millennials in the Workplace

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shutterstock_189402992Millennials are the generation born between 1980 and 2000. Currently, they make up almost 33% of the US workforce so one in three employees is a millennial. While millennials are highly educated and technology capable, they are unfortunately the most frequent job hoppers. Studies show that this generation generally stays in one job around 2 years. Employers obviously don’t like the fact that these employees are not loyal to the company and hop on jobs so easily and frequently. Therefore, they constantly look for ways to keep these employees in the workplace. Below are some tips to motivate millennials and make them loyal employees.

  • Mentor Them: Millennials want to develop their skills and therefore, they need some advice and feedback. Keep them on track with frequent feedback. Don’t mandate them what they should do. Explain to them why they should do it. Also, if they want to do a task in a way different than yours and produce the same results, let them do it. Don’t tell them that they should do everything in your way.
  • Offer Flexibility and Mobility: Work flexibility is very important for this generation. Since millennials are very tech-savvy, they prefer to work from anywhere with an internet connection in flexible hours. Also, they want flexibility in their job descriptions. Make a program for them in which they can rotate departments or different offices nationally or globally. Millennials are pretty mobile so they like to explore different places. If you force them to stay in the same environment for a long time or sit at a desk all day long, they will be unhappy and their performance will drop. Thus, let them be flexible and mobile.
  • Invest in Them: Millennials want to grow professionally and advance their skills. They like company training programs or incentives for continuing higher education. They also like new challenges and solving these challenges. Provide them the opportunity to develop and use the new skills they gain by assigning them different projects.
  • Let Them Use Social Media: According to a study made by Cisco, more than half of college students globally (56%) said that if they encountered a company that banned access to social media, they would either not accept the job offer or would join and find a way to circumvent corporate policy. Don’t forget that this generation likes to use social media to demonstrate their personal brand. Instead of banning social media, give them a similar environment such as a corporate chatter where they can keep showing their personal brand at the workplace.


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