The goal of managing diversity is to encourage productive and mutually beneficial interactions among employees in any organization and to value employees with different backgrounds, needs, and skill sets in order to produce optimal benefits for employees, for the organisations they work for, and for communities and customers that they serve.
Five specific business-related reasons why organizations should value diversity:
- Cost – employee turnover and litigation / lost business
- Resource acquisition
- Creativity and problem solving
- System Flexibility
While New Zealand legislation requires employers to be non-discriminate in the selection of their workforce on a number of grounds, there is also good common sense for incorporating a diverse workforce into your business. Valuing the skills that a person can bring to your organisation is top of the list and dismissing the myths around age, gender, culture and disability, to name but a few, is as equally important when screening for new employees as well as considering your current workers.
Many businesses acknowledge that the diversity of people within a community needs to be reflected in the composition of a workforce. In organisations that adopt such an approach, individual workers are likely to be more engaged in their jobs and are more likely to be loyal, committed employees.