3 Benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace
In preparation for this course, 350 employers, ranging from SMEs to large corporate organisations, were surveyed by Open University Careers and Employability Services, asking ‘what do you consider to be the benefits of having a diverse workforce?’ Answers were wide ranging, but included the following recurring themes:
- bringing different perspectives into the workplace
- widening the talent pool for future recruitment – diversity encourages further diversity
- stimulating more innovative thinking and a more creative approach to problem solving
- reflecting the diversity of customers and wider society.
This last point involves looking at the wider population and its composition. If an organisation is not reflecting the diversity of the wider population, it means there are barriers to access, and that actions must be put in place to mitigate them. You’ll explore some of those actions in more detail in Week 6.
A representative from Koreo, a learning consultancy dedicated to social change, explained:
We tackle problems based on our perspectives and some experiences are unique to our socioeconomic, cultural, social exposure. Teams that are diverse not only have more social capital and broader perspectives to work towards complex challenges, they also challenge each other internally to think about fresh perspectives around key social issues and maintain a healthy disruption to our ways of working.
Watch this short video from training provider iHASCO, explaining the benefits in more detail.
Transcript: Video 4: Why is Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) important in the workplace?
The video suggests a range of benefits, from innovation to financial success, and you’ll explore some of those in the next sections.