Circuit Recruitment | 18 October 2018
Workplaces that are shaped by diversity have the potential to accelerate innovation, creativity and market growth. This may seem like a pretty obvious concept when it comes to diversity in skill sets and work background, but what about social diversity? Research by organisational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups.
Creating diversity in a team however can be difficult. Even the mention of the word 'diversity' can lead to an uncomfortable tone in discussion, with gender inequality being a very pressing issue nationally. In fact, Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency Commission reported that the national gender pay-gap is currently 15.3%, and has been stuck between 15%-19% for the last two decades. If diversity is not embraced in the workplaces, it can be very easy for employees to feel isolated and uncomfortable. This can lead to team conflict or an employee resignation. It is important to talk about diversity in a way that is more approachable and actionable, and highlight the benefits it can add to the workplace.
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