South African workplaces are a melting pot of many different cultures, which not only consist of different races, but also different religions, languages, customs, and values. Many benefits can be reaped from cultural diversity, not only in everyday life but in the workplace as well.
Social cohesion in the country starts in the workplace, where people from different cultures work together and mingle. While this contributes immensely to the bigger picture of a better country and life for all, it also contributes positively to the success of an organization.
So, what are the advantages of diversity in the workplace? UASA has put today’s blog to highlight a few advantages.
Wider range of talents to pick from
One of the most obvious benefits of a culturally diverse workforce is that there is a wide range of talents, skills, experiences, ideas, etc. People from all walks of life can bring different perspectives to the table. While one person might be more analytical, another person might be more creative, or more efficient in problem-solving.
This diversity is also present in individuals from the same culture, but the range is much bigger where different cultures are concerned.
Improved morale and employee relations
Employees conversing with one another, learning about other cultures, and facing difficult situations together create a strong bond between them. This bond positively affects teamwork, which in itself has a myriad of benefits for organizations.
This leads to increased morale, which in turn benefits the company. High morale among employees creates a happy work environment, which leads to increased productivity, lower absenteeism, and a positive corporate image.
People from different cultures have different ways of looking at the world. Bouncing ideas off one another will lead to innovations, better strategies, etc.
When people from different cultures work together as a team, the outcomes will be much more diverse than those presented by a homogenous team. This is because working with someone vastly different from yourself takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges the brain to think differently.
A culturally diverse workforce is more likely to engage in healthy competition, where employees from different backgrounds try to outperform one another.
While a homogenous group might be easier to manage, it might also lead to stagnation, whereas a culturally diverse group will continue to strive to give their best.
The challenges of working in a culturally diverse team will lead to a higher sense of satisfaction, of a job well done, and of personal and professional growth, which will benefit both the organization and the individuals.