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A DIVERSE WORKFORCE IS A MORE PRODUCTIVE ONE.
DISCOVER HOW EMPLOYERS ARE ENCOURAGING
GREATER INCLUSIVITY AMONG THEIR STAFF
age to personality,
diversity covers the myriad ways
humans differ from one another.
But while society may be diverse,
workplaces don't always reflect the
communities in which they operate.
However, employers are growing
increasingly aware that a diverse
workforce is more productive one.
A recent McKinsey study found that
the most gender-diverse companies
are 15% more likely to outperform
those who are the least diverse,
while those that are ethnically
diverse are 35% more likely. That's
because organisations employing
a diverse workforce can come up
with a greater variety of solutions to
problems in service, sourcing and
allocation of resources. Employees
from diverse backgrounds also bring
individual talents and experiences,
making the companies they work for
better able to adapt to fluctuating
markets and customer demands.
TAKE THE INITIATIVE
Many employers are signing up to
government and industry-backed
initiatives to help them increase
diversity among their employees. For
example, National Inclusion Week
is an annual event run by Inclusive
Employers, whose members range
from banks, retailers and academic
bodies to charities and manufacturers.
Employers across the board,
from finance and construction
to music and medicine, are also
increasingly working with minority
groups such as Black, Asian and
minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT+,
women's and disability organisations
to encourage people from diverse
backgrounds to apply for jobs and
enhance their career opportunities.
A balanced workforce is good for
business - it's good for customers,
profitability and workplace culture.
It's also increasingly attractive for
investors. Here's how different
industries are working to advance
diversity and inclusivity.
In October, the Construction Industry
Training Board (CITB) green-lit its
largest ever initiative to make the UK
construction industry a more inclusive
place to work. Over the next five years,
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