Welcome to our Diversity and You 1st Blog Post – Multicultural Diversity and You!
In this post, I want to share some insights on how to build a workplace that is inclusive of multicultural communities.
5 Ways Business Leaders Can Build a Multicultural Workforce That Enhances Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace
- KNOWING IS HALF THE VICTORY
When it comes to dealing with a multicultural workforce, you have to understand where they come from. Some come from oppressive regimes that robbed them of their freedom of expression; something we so cherish here in America! Therefore, when you employ these communities, you have to have the understanding of how you might want to communicate with them, and how you ask them to communicate. Practicing empathy will help you gain understanding of your multicultural workforce, and how to empower them to express creativity.
- MENTORING MULTICULTURAL GROUPS
Multicultural groups can learn their host communities’ way of working and interacting, but they need mentoring. They will perform effectively, even if they are not used to doing it the same way. Multicultural groups can improve their ability to integrate effectively into their host society if they are offered trainings that take into account their previous cultures, customs, and overall experiences. When they feel understood, their level of motivation and confidence increases. They also bring a set of different perspectives to the workplace on how to approach the global supply chain, and best penetrate global markets.
- BRINGING AWARENESS TO THE SURFACE
Awareness of our own reactions to people who are different, and how our own behaviors interfere with effective cross-cultural communication is important. We need to learn to overcome stereotypes related to different cultures, races, or other diversity identifiers. We need to see people from different cultural identities as individuals first, and focus on actual behaviors rather than preconceived and often biased notions.
- HAVING a “Don’t Assume” ATTITUDE
Attitude enables us to examine our own values and beliefs about cultural differences. Focus on facts rather than judgments. Focus on educating yourself about cultural diversity in your organization by creating effective working relationships with the multicultural communities.
- HAVING AN ONGOING CONVERSATION
Diversity and Inclusion might be beautifully crafted and filed into your organization’s Policy binder that is carefully placed on your shelf; but to have a meaningful diversity and inclusion culture in your organization, policies must get out of the binders and into everyday conversation in your staff meeting, and other motivational events.
Multicultural Diversity is the expression I like to use when I talk about diversity because diversity is much more than meets the eye! Our race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and other identity constructs are all part of what makes us and our global world much more beautiful!
What you focus on will grow, and if you focus on divisions – divisions will come. If you focus on inclusiveness, and connectedness, love will grow. Let’s celebrate our differences more often!
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About the Author
Seconde Nimenya is an international award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and a global diversity and inclusion advocate.