Recent events have tested many business owners with the COVID shutdowns making many of them close for days or weeks at a time. Lost income, lost employees, and loss of security are just a few of the blows these business owners took. With recent events in our country also shaping an environment that is difficult for business owners of all backgrounds and origins, we thought this was a good time to address something important.
Diversity in the workplace and what it means for a business.
We are a melting pot of people from around the world, yet few of us know much about histories and backgrounds outside of our own. In the workplace, this is especially apparent. Employees from all different parts of the globe (or who follow cultural practices from these areas) could be sitting in the cubicles outside your office door, yet many of them keep their holidays, celebrations, experiences and background to themselves.
We believe that celebrating cultural diversity within the work environment is important for us all. But, why is it so important, and how can you help foster awareness of it within your own office?
Cultural awareness is important in an office because it ties your employees together. While you or I might not celebrate a particular holiday, having it marked on our calendar to remind us to mention it to coworkers who do participate can go a long way. No different than wishing everyone who comes through your door a “Merry Christmas” in December, taking the time to remember other holidays from around the world is a great way to make your staff feel appreciated and included, and it shows that you take a personal interest in them and their heritage. This is also important as it helps employees realize that they can appreciate not only their likenesses (their field of work and current career) but also their differences. Cultural awareness and diversity within the workplace also affects your patrons, clients, and customers. When they see themselves reflected in the faces of your staff and management, they’re more likely to become a routine supporter of your business or brand, and that’s how community is built within the world of business.
How can you foster this type of awareness in your office? Being upfront and honest is a great way to start. Encourage positive, peaceful dialogue about diversity among yourself and your employees, and be open to listening to their experiences, cultural practices, and perspective on certain topics. Doing so will increase respect between staff members and promote a great work environment where everyone feels heard, understood, and appreciated.
We celebrate each individual business owner, applicant and employee we are privileged to work with here at PHR Staffing Solutions. Since we provide employees of all kinds for businesses throughout the Polk County area here in Central Florida, we are sure we can find the perfect fit for YOU. Give us a call or apply for one of our current openings online to get started.