In South Africa we’re very fortunate to live in a country that is culturally and linguistically diverse. Diversity enriches our lives and can have a profound impact in the workplace. For one, a workforce that is educated and tolerates differences in heritage has an increased success rate and teams with diverse individuals spur greater creativity.
In the ever-evolving global economy, diversity is also inevitable and so we’ve summed up a few ways your team can embrace diversity and look towards greater success:
Compile a diversity statement
A diversity statement recognizes and supports individual qualities that make each one of us unique. It shows your employees that you’re willing to embrace each person’s culture. A mixed team enables a more tolerant and motivated workplace.
Follow these guidelines to work out your company’s diversity statement.
Be open to talking about diversity
Naturally, people from different cultures will have differing working styles and will approach decision-making and accountability in different ways. Therefore, it is important to establish a facilitated discussion in which the human resources department can map out different approaches and clarify roles and responsibilities.
Consider incorporating language programmes
Good communication and the ability to effectively express ourselves are an important aspect for maintaining a happy workforce. Therefore, incorporating language training programmes within the workplace not only helps employees overcome communication barriers, but these programmes also contribute towards improving the skill set of your workforce.
Learn more about the importance of good communication here.
Mix it up
Placing individuals with similar backgrounds in the same team can sometimes hamper the effectiveness of a team. But when team members are mixed up, greater opportunities for creativity, mentorship and growth can be experienced.
Host a “Friday Braai” get together
We know that South Africans love their braai meat and what better way to bring every employee together than to host a braai day? Encourage each employee to prepare and bring their favourite braai dish. In this way, employees will have the opportunity to know one another better, while enjoying South Africa’s favourite past-time.
Host the perfect braai with these tips and tricks.
Compiled by Portia Mthembu, Who’s Who Web Content Administrator