Tapping into Diverse Experiences
Open Exchanges Produce Fresh Ideas
Business are encouraged to increase their diversity, which can have a large impact on ideas, sensitivity, strengthen employee relations, and create better solutions. The fact is a more diverse workforce can benefit the whole organization. New and creative ideas can come from opposite corners of the world, that may help clarify points of view and images that had been vague, but together relays a clearer understanding that would be otherwise hard to explain.
Each of us are different and can have different perspectives. Our past experience is one factor that can affect how we view something. For instance, if you have ever been stuck in an elevator and unable to get out for an hour or two or longer, that space can become quite hot and stuffy, making it hard to breath. Once you have had that experience, you may not like the thought of an elevator for fear that you could get stuck again.
That is just one perspective, but everyone has experiences that have caused panic, fear, etc. When a group of employees are working on a project, and one purpose of the project is to give people a positive, upbeat experience, all in the group will likely think of many different scenarios. It is wise to realize what is the reaction of the majority of the group. That should give you an idea how most people would react, but understand some will react differently.
When looking for a solution to a problem, a team of employees may jointly brainstorm and eventually pull together a credible solution. One person may have one thought, which triggers another idea from someone else, until an effective process is developed. Like the saying, “two heads are better than one”. This is possibly more true when there are people of different cultures in the group, as different cultures often use different ingredients or thought processes.
Diversity can lead to differences of opinions and perspectives, but that can also help to resolve the bigger issue. As an organization grows and brings about more diversity, take advantage of these differences, and let that work “for” your organization. Compass Career Management Solutions can help relay the advantages of a transitional organization.