We all work someplace. Most of us work in an environment where we have work colleagues around us all day. The collegial environment in which we work means a lot for satisfaction, peace of mind and the ability to work with colleagues which we enjoy.
Diversity is the key to a stimulating work environment. The more differences that a work environment possesses, the better the environment is. Why is that the case? Easy. Everyone brings something different to the table. Everyone sees the question differently, depending upon his or her own background. Economic circumstances, racial, gender, sexual orientation, geographic origins, educational skill attainment—everyone has a different set of biases and skills that when added together, provides a rich, synergistic environment in which to work.
An environment where employees are Native American, Asian American, Hispanic, Greek, African American, and Caucasian provides a wide plethora of differences to be able to see a problem from many viewpoints. The ability to see a problem from many different and divergent viewpoints allows many different perspectives to be considered when making a decision which affects everyone.
In today’s flat world, we argue that it is of utmost importance to be able to have a wide degree of diversity in the workplace. Multi-cultural employees enrich and enhance the environment to a higher degree than ever before.
When you are hiring new staff members, look very carefully at your diversity quotient. If everyone looks like you, now is the time to make a change and make things look differently. Yes, it may appear challenging and difficult; however, the new “different” team members want a chance to show you that they too can contribute to the team. What is often discovered is that their contributions are normally greater than ever expected. The team is richer, wiser and more effective when as diverse a team as possible is playing.