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The right – and wrong – reasons for workplace diversity

Written by Guest Author | May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
shutterstock_222293038One subject that comes up quite a lot between the typical employer and recruitment agent in Leeds is staff diversity. Why is it that important? Is it merely a way of ‘unlocking new markets’ or even having a wider range of languages spoken by your customer service employees?
Alas, these aren’t very enlightened ways to think about workplace diversity. After all, you can accomplish the above things even with a workplace that isn’t very varied at all.
If there’s one big reason to embrace employee diversity rather than shy away from it, it is simply the massive positive benefit that it brings to your company by way of ingenuity, productivity and revenue. Yes, having diverse talent on your side brings similarly diverse rewards.

The real advantages of a diverse workforce

Quite simply, with a diverse employee base, you can achieve so much more for your company. The most successful organisations of our time swear by workplace diversity, because they know that having different ideas flowing from different people, from different backgrounds, brings great results that help to accelerate progress.
Within these most successful companies, can be found people putting their biases and differences aside to work together towards a higher goal.

How much poorer would our world be without workplace diversity?

Just think of Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge theoretical physicist who wrote the brilliant A Brief History of Time, and who also suffers from motor neuron disease.
Alternatively, one might recall Alan Turing, the man considered the father of computers, and whose creation of a complex machine capable of decoding a complex code cut short World War II by several years. His sexuality, however, led to his prosecution by the country that he served.
Without the contributions to our lives by the aforementioned individuals and others like them, our society would not be as advanced as it is today. Accepting differences, rather than demanding a constrained image of what we want workers to look and sound like, brings major benefits to both business and our wider world.

A diverse workplace is a better workplace

The bottom line is that a more diverse workplace is also a more creative, productive and inspired one, a lesson that ambitious organisations ignore at their peril.
That’s why, when you next work with a recruitment agent in Leeds, you are advised to look well beyond such characteristics as a candidate’s race, religion, age, sexual preference, gender or weight.
Instead, we urge you to judge on the basis of the traits that will actually make the difference to the candidate’s suitability for your vacancy and wider organisation – the skills, talents and experiences that will really help your firm to thrive.

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