As the seasonal spirit kicks in, and we begin to look forward to the New Year and what it will bring, it’s a good time to reflect on your company vision and think about what’s really important to your business. Many employers say that their biggest asset is their staff, and what often makes a great team is diversity. Everyone brings something unique and valuable to the table in different ways. Cultural diversity should be embraced, because with it comes a myriad of benefits.
Being open to more opinions paves the way for more variety and appreciating the difference in others can often lead to positive changes in the workplace for employers and employees alike. Everyone has different strengths, skills and abilities, and will therefore have a different perspective on things, which can help uncover previously unidentified insights into customer behaviour and business trends. If you put these learnings into practice, it can lead to improved business operation.
It could be argued that the more diverse your workforce, the more likely you are to unleash a variety of hidden talents among your employees.
Make the most of individuals’ talents
At Inspire we’re lucky enough to have an array of linguists in the office, including German, Polish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian (to name a few). However, we’re not known in the UK for our multi-lingual abilities (in our defence, the world’s first business language is our native tongue) but a culturally diverse workforce will inevitably bring with it a multitude of languages, too. There are likely to be situations when this will come in useful, whether it’s liaising with a foreign client or translating a document. Even if it’s not part of their day-to-day role, you should celebrate these talents and use them as much as you can. It will be beneficial for business and gives your employees an opportunity to grow and develop in their role.
Shake things up
Processes and business plans are there for a reason, but it’s important to review them and make sure they are fit for purpose every now and then. Times are rapidly changing and technology is advancing faster than most of us can keep up with it, so taking a step back and shaking things up once in a while is crucial for any growing business. Drawing on employees’ different experiences and welcoming alternative ways of learning and teaching offers more opportunity to improve and enhance the business.
The world is a melting pot and there are so many things to be proud of, especially when it comes to where you come from. There’s no need to pretend we’re all the same, instead embrace and celebrate the differences. Sharing your experiences and culture with others, and likewise being open to learning about others, is a great way to bond with colleagues and broaden our outlook.
If you think your culturally diverse workforce deserves a show of appreciation, check out our Inspire Travel Card. It makes the perfect reward for anyone regardless of age, race or religion. It works in the same way as a gift card – allowing users to spend on flights, hotels or trips, or they can use it to book attractions tickets, both abroad and in the UK.