Towns, cities, states, and the United States defines itself proudly by its diversity. A country made up of immigrants from around the world, diversity is one of the reasons given when explaining our powerful economy. It is frequently said that celebrating this diversity will help make our lives even better.
This mantra extends in every aspect of our culture, from a public bus to a workplace. Fighting for equal rights among diverse individuals as defined our past two centuries, and continues to be an issue many people deal with today. As diversity can be defined on sexuality, gender preference, nationality, age, ethnicity, religion, and race, there is any number of ways to see people as different.
What Are the Advantages of Diversity in the Workplace
1. Better Ideas Through Unique Experience
Ideas come from everywhere and everyone. By limiting entire groups of people based on some predefined criteria, we are also limiting ideas and perspectives that could help the business greatly.
2. A More Enriching Experience In General
Every person on this planet has a childhood that is unique to them alone. Through our experiences growing up and coming into our own, we work in countless jobs as both individuals and parts of a team. By maintaining a high degree of diversity in the workplace, we ensure that these experienced are shared between people, humanizing even those different from us. Looking back on the experience, many people consider it to be a positive aspect in their lives.
3. Allows Everyone A Shot
Every person deserves an equal shot in the workplace. Diversity in the workplace helps guarantee this.
What Are the Disadvantages of Diversity in the Workplace
1. People May Feel Uncomfortable
It is a basic human condition to find new things at first uncomfortable. Given that every person builds their own concept of comfort, people can become uncomfortable when confronted with examples of people that go against how he or she sees the world. Whether because of sexual orientation, race, religion, or any number of factors that make us different, people can struggle in their workplace to be effective.
2. Diversity May Increase Hostility
Some argue that a business is not the place for people to learn about diversity. Rather, it is argued that diversity in a workplace may lead to less work and even open hostility if there are people with strong contradictory opinions.