By Alejandra Guerra
YASC’s Talent Hunter
Diversity has many faces. He is the foreign employee who works in the computer department. She is the woman who runs a department and makes executive decisions. He is the businessman who has attention deficit, but incredible energies to boost his company.
A company whose set of values and norms – that is, its organizational culture – encourages diversity, who is an organization that has all the elements necessary to achieve success. In this way, diversity is important because it covers a broad spectrum. This refers to a range of differences in gender, age, race, functional diversity or condition, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. With respect to the labor area, diversity simply means that the population in the workplace is not homogeneous, in this way it’s important for several reasons. Including the need to comply with anti-discrimination laws – in an increasingly multicultural world and recognition of different perspectives.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination (defined as the selective exclusion of a person or group for racial, religious, political, sex or any other reason), is an overwhelming reality in our country. In Mexico, 8 out of every 10 people, have been victims of discrimination – of gender, skin color, clothing or physical appearance, among others, according to information released by “The collective” – founded in 2016. In this way, employment discrimination is a reflection of the ‘exclusion’ that millions of people experience daily.
What does it mean to be a ‘discrimination-free Company’?
Being a company free of all discrimination, not only has a good image with its collaborators, but also with all its customers and the public in general; These are the benefits of being an inclusive Company:
It increases commitment: Workers feel part of an environment, in which they are accepted and even appreciated. Their motivation, participation in teamwork and level of commitment increases, and with that the achievement of objectives is accomplished with more ease.
It generates a sense of belonging: The company accepts and even celebrates each individual, that way their sense of belonging is much stronger. The collaborator generates confidence in himself, puts on the shirt, practices and spreads the organizational culture.
It produces positive and proactive attitudes: The company acknowledges them as a valuable addition and a unique talent. For that reason, their disposition, good attitude and their ability to make the right decisions is greater.
It respects and tolerates: The real and authentic attachment between respect and tolerance, is that it is always reciprocated – and consequently, just like in the previous point, the productivity of the company is much greater. Having better possibilities of attracting new investments and talents – as well as entering into new markets.
It improves the corporate’s image: The company acquires a positive reputation, not only in the sense of social or tolerant cause, but in innovation and modernity. It is also understood that the organization is different and a good alternative for consumption – this way it has a greater ability to retain their customers.
We can promote diversity in different ways:
- Respecting all basic human rights.
- Promoting intercultural dialogue.
- Fostering respect for all religious traditions, beliefs and practices. Showing zero tolerance towards racism and discrimination.
- Leading by example, practicing the corporate values that are part of your organizational culture.
- Celebrating cultural differences.
Diversity also helps the complete staff feel more comfortable in the work environment. This is because many employees seek an inclusive environment that promotes equality.
With the improvement of diversity, there is a definite increase in prospects. People of different religious, cultural, national and racial backgrounds may have different experiences and may offer a unique perspective on problem solving, attracting clients and interacting with co-workers. These new perspectives and ideas can help companies grow and expand in exciting new directions.