Diversity: No Longer Just Black and White
By Myron Curry
President of BusinessTrainingMedia.com
Diversity in the workplace used to hinge upon the level of responsibility, pay,
and respect that one could receive based upon the color of skin and ethnicity. But,
these days, diversity in the workplace has become much more than that. Most CEO’s
and executives alike have come to discover that diversity is what often makes for
THE MORE THE MERRIER
Every one of us comes from a different background with different experiences that
led to different results. Because of this, each one of us brings something different
to the table. We each bring a different set of skills, knowledge, and experience
that makes up the diversity of us all. It’s in this diversity that we can flourish
as a company.
Instead of everyone in an organization offering the same, general aspect, diversity
gives us more to work with. People with different backgrounds have different sets
of skills or knowledge that can be lent to the workplace. This gives a company more
variety to choose from when it comes to employee results. Understandably, any company
can flourish when it has more resources. The more it has, the better.
With diversity on its side, a company stands a better chance at finding working
solutions and in less time. Not only does a variety of experience and background
provide a vast array of knowledge and skills, but it also sparks creativity among
those involved. The creativity is sparked by those taking part in the setting of
diversity itself, not only supplying their own unique slice of diversity but discovering
inspiration from others around them. This creates a brand new diversity in itself
and adds to that which is already diverse.
WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE…MARKETPLACE?
As it turns out, a diverse population in a company’s workforce is not only good
for the company but the market in which the company provides for. To be precise,
a company that is capable of managing a diverse population of employees most often
attracts a diverse range of customers. It doesn’t take a strategic planner to know
that the more diverse a company’s customer base is, the better it prospers in popularity
DIVERSITY HAPPENS IN AND OUT OF A COMPANY
And, because diversity is always taking place outside of company walls, this fact
addresses another variable that cannot be overlooked. The general public, a company’s
market, is forever changing and re-changing in its diversity. As an example, one
such change grabbed the attention of most customer service companies in 2000 when
census results showed that African Americans were no longer the largest minority.
Hispanics had officially moved into this position and now companies had to plan
how to appeal their services to and attract this new group that would dominate in
a new way, verse the previous minority majority that marketing strategies had been
crafted around in the past.
With diversity in the workplace, it is easy to make these kinds of transitions.
With a diverse number of employees and executives at the ready, a company can be
covered on many more fronts than opposed to a less diverse company.
USED MORE THAN YOU THINK
Diversity works. And, it’s not a new idea. Diversity is a concept that has been
used often, even for plans as large as the creation of countries. This strategy
was formed by the founding fathers of the United States and gave meaning to the
nickname of the “melting pot” that the U.S. became known for.
If it can work for the tangibility of an entire country, its results on something
as small as a company can be profound
Myron Curry is President and CEO of
BusinessTrainingMedia.com a leading provider
of workforce and business development training programs designed exclusively for
corporate deployment. Myron has over 20 years of successful management experience
with leading fortune 500 companies and has written numerous articles about workforce