Strength lies in differences, not in similarities – Diversity
When you think about diversity, what comes to mind? Gender, age, cultures, race etc. Diversity is much more than just maintaining or balancing the proportion.
According to a study done by Workplace Gender Equality Agency in August 2016, women comprise 46.2% of the total workforce in Australia. Across the workforce, many industries are dominated by employees of one gender and it is no different in ICT. Women comprise 39% of the total ICT workforce in Australia. However, the proportion of mature-aged workers, Indigenous Australians and people with disabilities working in ICT is particularly low.
Workforce diversity is widely acknowledged as a key challenge for the ICT sector. It’s about bringing different attributes together, different ideas, personalities, skills and perspectives. Diversity at the workplace creates more opportunity for employee’s personal growth.
The efficiency doesn’t exist within an organisation if it is staffed with similar types of individuals. With diversity comes a different style of thinking, performances and results which leads to both effectiveness and profitability.
The benefits of diversity in today’s global marketplace:
- Access to a larger talent pool
- Enhances communication skills and builds synergy
- Creativity, productivity and effectiveness
- Target a wider range of clients
- Plugs the talent gap for businesses
- Employee empowerment
- Efficiency in problem solving and decision making
- Mutual Respect
- Opportunity to learn and grow
In a market like Australia, organisations should promote diversity by taking initiative such as celebrating multi-cultural days, festivals, organising lunches etc. This not only enriches and enhances the work experience. It also provides an opportunity for people to learn about new cultures and traditions.
Organisations should promote diversity to attract great talent in a tight ICT market. Diversity is one of the key drivers of productivity, growth and innovation in the twenty-first century. It is the art of thinking independently but together to achieve a common goal.
We at face2face celebrate diversity. We have a mixture of nationalities, return to work mums and people of different ages. We take the time to get to know about each other and learn about their respective background. We often have lunches and potlucks where everybody brings their own traditional food.
What does your office do to support diversity?