Workplace Diversity Doesn't Happen By Accident

Workplace Diversity Doesn't Happen By Accident
From Recruiter - October 2, 2017

Diversity is becoming a top priority for many organizations aiming torecruit the best and brightest. A growing body of research shows that companies with more diverse employee basesaccomplish morewhen it comes to creativity, performance, and productivity.

More Creativity

Creativity is essential for innovation, and diversity is key to creativity. According toa 2013 article in Harvard Business Review, new research provides compelling evidence that diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth.

The researchers adopted a definition of two-dimensional diversity that included both inherent (which involves traits one is born with) and acquired (which involves traits one gains from experience) types of diversity. The results indicated that having 2-D leaders in place makes a big difference: By correlating diversity in leadership with market outcomes as reported by respondents, we learned that companies with 2-D diversity out-innovate and outperform others.

Enhanced Performance and Productivity

Research from McKinsey & Companysupports the notion that organizations that are racially, ethnically, and gender diverse are more creative, innovative, and faster to market. According toMcKinsey & Companys research:

The authors note that [m]ore diverse companies, we believe, are better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision making, and all that leads to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns.

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