Oxford Dictionary definition:
Diversity – Noun
- range of many people or things that are very different from each other
Diversity in the workplace means the quality of including or involving people from a range of various social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, religions, sexual orientations, etc
Diversity in the workplace is about constructing or working towards an all-encompassing atmosphere, the acknowledging of everyone’s differences, enabling all employees to achieve their full potential and as a result, enabling your business to reach strategic goals and visions.
Here at TeachTech Solutions, we are working with many clients who are trying to achieve their full potential through embracing diversity in the workplace. These organisations are working incredibly hard to ensure the workforce they are building is not only robust, informed and dedicated, but also diverse and inclusive. We have helped develop and build teams that incorporate more women, at all levels, and more so, over the past few years we have worked on exploring diversity and growing teams.
Yes, this can often mean uncomfortable conversations to start with about the whys and the how’s, but that is okay, we are equipped with the knowledge and first-hand experiences that enable us to help navigate everyone through this.
So, what are the other benefits of exploring and then increasing diversity in the workplace?
Set a standard, set a goal and you will reap the benefits of opening your doors to a wider array of individuals.
Perhaps you speak with someone who has taught abroad, but never in the UK? Principals of teaching are the same, show them the way.
Have you ever discounted someone because their English isn’t perfect, not their first language? It is incredibly impressive how quickly someone’s English improves when they are immersed in using it every single day.
See names on CVs that do not float your boat? We are Solin and Keshia, not Sandra or Kathy – what’s the problem?
These are just a few examples of everyday nuances that shut your company off to a huge pool of talent. Having employees from different ethnic backgrounds and of various social, economic, and sexual orientations, will diversify perspectives and innovations within your brand. All employees have different characteristics and opinions, they will also come aboard with differing skills, experiences, and abilities. We at TeachTech Solutions believe that this is one of the many ways that organisations thrive; being able to witness first-hand the different perspectives therefore creating a well-rounded team that will come together to generate new creative ideas and ultimately better results.
What should you not do?
We do not want you to tick a box. As women of colour, we have our own personal experiences of being hired simply to tick the diversity box. We were once asked to headhunt a person of colour for a senior role, simply to tick a box. That person would have been the only person of colour within a sea of 874 employees. No, we will not help you with that. Finding yourself as the ‘token brownie’ can be overwhelming and intimidating.
As an organisation you must commit to a long-term goal and plan that sees the inner diversity, from the bottom up, come genuinely and with sincere planning. If you want your organisation to be a true representation of society, you must include diversity in the workplace as part of your plan. Representing your society can only lead to a better understanding of the employers and learners that you work with. Take your organisation to a whole new level by emphasising your stance on the importance of diversity in the workplace.
If you would like help building a diverse workplace, why not contact Solin, Leah or Keshia at TeachTech Solutions; we are here to help, to champion and to enable long-term progress.