In this era of advancing technology and globalization, excluding diversity from your workforce can leave you missing out on great talent. But managing a diverse team presents its own set of challenges. To help in your efforts, check out Adecco’s six tips for managing diverse teams in today’s workplace.
The benefits of a diverse team are virtually endless. For example, a multigenerational workforce can provide a high level of on-the-job knowledge along with varied approaches to business, technology and social media. And a multicultural workforce creates more understanding and respect for cultural differences among colleagues, customers and partners alike. In all, having a diverse workforce brings multiple talents and ways of thinking to your organization, strengthening your decision-making abilities and giving you a competitive edge.
You may wonder how you can create a diversified workforce that benefits, rather than hinders, your team’s productivity. Read on for our six tips for managing diverse teams.
1. Emphasize open communication policies
Communication is key to managing diversity at work. Be clear and concise in all communication from upper management especially when discussing workplace policies, promotion criteria and non-discrimination policies. Promote an open-door policy with management and encourage employees to express any concerns or issues before it develops into a conflict.
2. Establish expectations early
Start by ensuring that expectations are clearly communicated to all employees. Setting out an individual’s responsibilities and role within the organization up front helps establish a baseline expectation so everyone understands what they’re accountable for. At the same time, it’s important to be sensitive to your staff’s needs. Ensure that accommodations are made for employees who need it. Equitable treatment of your employees accounts for their differences and aims to help them succeed.
3. Invest in diversity training
Despite your best efforts to foster an inclusive environment, investing in diversity training can empower your personnel to respect their differences and work together as a team. Diversity training can improve employee collaboration while reducing conflict, allowing you to build a team that is open to new ideas from all colleagues.
4. Manage conflicts
Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. Address issues head-on to avoid escalation of tension and be especially sensitive to complaints about discrimination. Work to find a solution that addresses the conflict swiftly and fairly to help keep employee relationships healthy and strong.
5. Capitalize on team-building activities
Team-building activities are a great way to connect colleagues. Through these exercises, your employees learn how to collaborate in a relaxed setting while improving communication within your team. Investing the time to incorporate team building into the workplace will enhance your team dynamic while maintaining a healthy diverse workforce.
6. Celebrate your diversity
Cultivate an environment that promotes inclusivity by celebrating the differences of your colleagues. Acknowledge cultural holidays and other celebratory days (such as International Women’s Day on March 8 and Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27). Use these events as an opportunity to educate your staff on different values, beliefs and backgrounds. Celebrating diversity will help forward inclusion in your organization.
Integrating diversity into your organization can turn your workforce into a dream team. Let us help you build it. Contact your local Adecco branch today!