Monday, January 16, 2017

Diversity in the workplace helps all of us to prosper - THE NATIONAL

by Paul Pelletier
Originally published: January 15, 2017

oday’s leaders feel constant pressure to innovate and position their products, services, and teams more creatively than ever before. However, in the Middle East’s highly diverse workplaces, diversity intelligence is critical to success. Leaders who leverage diversity to develop, motivate and empower people to achieve extraordinary results aren’t acting randomly. By aligning diversity intelligence with leadership strategies and communication practices to ensure a truly collaborative, inclusive and engaging work environment, we can inspire our high-performance teams.

Effect of workplace diversity

The world is shrinking every day. Globalisation means companies from virtually anywhere can sell to customers from virtually anywhere, and local markets continue to become more and more cosmopolitan owing to immigration. Target demographics are changing, and businesses that ignore those changes will one day find themselves without anyone to sell to. However, to stay relevant, businesses must do more than simply cater their products and services to these increasingly diverse demographics and it’s unlikely they can even do that successfully without fostering workplace diversity.