Diversity in the workplace has been a hot topic, and lots of people and businesses are advocating for change towards a more equal and inclusive workplace. Whether it’s about race, religion, gender, orientation, or any other difference between individuals, is the business world actually changing for the better to become more inclusive?
How the workplace has changed
With lots of people arguing the case for equal rights and protesting for the cause, the corporate environment has changed quite a lot in recent years. Companies now have equal rights and workplace discrimination policies in place to protect their employees, and many also have diversity quotas that they aim to fill when hiring new employees.
But inclusion shouldn’t just be about ticking boxes; statistics show that companies actually thrive with a more diverse workforce. This report shows that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians, while those in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely.
How to handle diversity in the workplace
Maybe you’ve experienced exclusion and prejudice in the workplace because of who you are or what you believe, or maybe you’ve witnessed it happen to someone else and wish that things were different. Whoever you are, here are a few ways to handle and face these challenges.
We all have to show some resilience in the workplace, but discrimination poses additional challenges. It is important to stay resilient in the face of these challenges and use them as motivation to succeed and prove people wrong.
Be true to yourself
You should never bend to meet people’s expectations. Be who you are no matter what people say, and don’t be afraid to be honest about who you are and show people.
Support the cause
Lots of people around the world are facing similar challenges to you, both in the workplace and out of it, and there are plenty of organisations and associations out there supporting the cause and helping to further it.
Get in touch if you need any support facing these challenges in the workplace.