Why Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Is so Important

Does your workplace feel like a safe space for people of all backgrounds and identities? Have you ever stopped to think about how your workplace accommodates disabled people, LGBT+ people, and people of color? 

As the world strives to open up opportunities to marginalized people, diversity and inclusion in the workplace has never been more important.

If you want to know more about the importance of curating a safe workplace, keep reading. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about the importance of workplace diversity and inclusion. 

Workplace Safety

The most vital aspect of promoting diversity and inclusion is making sure your workplace is a safe space.

The best way to keep vulnerable people safe is to give them a supportive environment in which they can thrive. This means making sure that they won’t experience harmful prejudice at work. 

Some groups of marginalized people are statistically more likely to live unsafe lifestyles. This is because they are institutionally shut out of opportunities. 

When you prioritize inclusion in your workplace, you help keep vulnerable people from landing themselves in dangerous situations both on and off the clock.

Diversity of Ideas

Diversity in the workplace will help your machine run more smoothly! Diverse ideas bring new perspectives and creative solutions to problems. 

A homogenous workplace is likely to run into problems that no one can think their way out of. Hiring people with diverse experiences will optimize your workplace for success.

Be sure to hire freelancers and temporary employees from diverse backgrounds as well. 

For example, your workplace may greatly benefit from a speaker with a diverse background who exposes them to new ways of thinking. 

Employee Happiness

57% of American employees feel that their workplace does not do enough to increase diversity. Americans of all walks of life value feeling included and taken care of in the workplace. 

When your employees feel safe and represented on the job, they are more likely to be happier and more productive. This will also improve your rates of employee retention. 

When you make your workplace a safe space for marginalized people, you ensure that your employees don’t look at you as their enemy.

They will be more likely to take a proactive approach to work and motivate themselves based on the success of the company at large. 

Prioritize Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Now you know all about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Next time you’re back in the office, take note of what you can do to improve workplace safety. 

Sometimes, the most helpful thing you can do as an ally is speak up for someone who may not feel like they can speak up for themselves. Don’t be afraid to speak to your supervisor about making your workplace safer. 

For more tips about workplace culture, check out some more of our articles!

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.