How to Teach Your Employees That It Is OK To Be Different

Have you ever heard that expression, "it takes a village"? The same thing can be true for businesses, meaning to accomplish a shared goal for the company it takes a whole group of people and that group people may consist of very different kinds of people. It could be a mix of all different races, genders, hair colors, nationalities, etc. - and our HR consulting firm is here today to tell you that it is ok. Too often people fear what it is different because it is not familiar to them, however, there are thriving businesses out there that have very diverse teams of people working for them which can show that diversity can be the key to success. In this week's blog, Kmet Consulting is here to give you a few examples of thriving companies with diverse teams and a few tips on how to promote diversity within your company. We are here to help you with your HR issues, call you Your One Stop HR Shop today 877-783-5638.

Examples of Thriving Companies That Are Known to Have Diverse Teams

This company is known for recruiting people from all different types of backgrounds and earned a top 20 spot on the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index. Source: WayUp

93% of employees say this is a great place to work. Stats show this company has a good mix of employees of different age generations including, Gen X, Millenials, and Gen Y.  Source: Great Place to Work®

Build-A-Bear Workshop
This well-known company was named #55 in Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, #16 in Best Workplaces for Women, and #87 in Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2018. Source: Great Place to Work®

How to Teach Your Employees That It Is OK To Be Different

Find the employees that want to be heard.
Some employees may feel that their ideas are consistently not being heard. Make the effort to hear out employees who have different ideas than your own. Collaborate and work together. You may be surprised at what you can accomplish by allowing a diverse team of people to put their heads together to work on a project or new idea.

Teach ALL employees to support employee diversity.
The entire company needs to understand employee diversity and how to support it, so start with the bottom of the employee chain and work your way up when training. Don't leave anyone out.

Promote the fact that everyone is different to your team.
The fact is that everyone is unique in their own way. Whether it be a physical feature or personality trait, we all have something that makes us different from everyone else. Point that out and show your support for diversity in the workplace.

Hold your ground and do not tolerate inappropriate behavior.
Whether someone made a joke about someone else's gender, hair color, skin color, or body type, react as a manager. Don't just ignore it. Show you have a zero tolerance policy for this type of behavior. If you don't, employees will think it's ok to tell inappropriate jokes like that or make unnecessary comments.

Here at Your One Stop HR Shop, we teach companies of many different sizes a number of things, but one topic, in particular, we touch on is Employee Diversity. If you feel your company can benefit from that, you should give us a call today at 877-783-5638. Here are a few other things we teach employees:

  • Recognizing and Avoiding Sexual Harassment for employees
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • Making FMLA work for you

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