In modern working environments, employer’s priorities are beginning to shift. Previously, many companies focused on hard work, determination and results. While this is still a high priority for many employers, in the ever-changing modern world there is a growing focus placed on team well-being, particularly through the sector of diversity and inclusion.
Companies are now more concerned about creating a safe and positive environment for their team, encouraging employees to feel happy at work and motivated to produce results. Diversity within workforces is not only beneficial for employee satisfaction, but also has an evident positive effect on a company’s overall achievements.
In this article, we’re breaking down what defines a diverse team, what benefits come from one and how our own diverse team at Avvinue has had a positive impact on our working lives.
What is a Diverse Workforce?
In simple terms, a diverse workforce means a team consisting of people with different characteristics. These characteristics can come in many different forms but the most common differences an employer will consider are:
- Cultural background
By employing individuals that differ in these groups, employers are providing themselves with the opportunity for a host of benefits, let’s consider what these benefits are.
What are the Benefits of a Diverse Workforce?
A Variety of Perspectives
This is the main benefit of a diverse team. Having a variety of perspectives can be highly useful when planning and executing a business strategy, as there will be many contrasting opinions.
While some employers may believe that a lot of opinions are problematic, this can actually provide some clarity when making important decisions. A person on the team may be able to identify potential issues within the strategy that you hadn’t considered, allowing you to adapt and prepare for possible problems.
Additionally, people from different cultural backgrounds will be able to provide feedback from differing cultural perspectives, allowing your product to be a more globally appealing service.
With different perspectives comes different mindsets, thought processes and working systems. When faced with a problem, a diverse team can provide many solutions, all with different strategies behind them. A team from similar cultural backgrounds, with similar mindsets, may not consider all angles of a problem, limiting the possibilities of a successful resolution.
When a team is diverse, you’re allowing yourself to create unique solutions by taking into account multiple opinions and strategies.
Different roles require different skill-sets. Having a diverse team is a fantastic way to ensure that every division has the best team with the appropriate skills. Whether it be PR, finance, marketing etc., diversity heavily benefits teams that require different specialties.
When each team has the ideal candidates for the role, productivity can thrive and ultimately provide the best results for any organisation.
An Inclusive Environment
The modern world is an increasingly globalised place, with overseas travel constantly rising and many citizens opting for the expatriate lifestyle. With this, there has been an influx in the need for inclusive environments, particularly in the workplace. Diverse teams can create a safe and positive atmosphere for expats, allowing the whole team to feel comfortable in the workplace, while learning about new cultures.
A diverse workforce can also result in a positive reaction from customers and the general public. Customers appreciate representation; by having a diverse team, you present your company as an inclusive and accepting community and consequently widen your global market.
Avvinue’s Diverse Team
Here in the Avvinue team, we pride ourselves in our diversity -- our team consists of personalities from all over the world, all working together to produce the best results we can. And we love it! We asked some our team what they thought about working in such a diverse environment, and this is what they had to say:
In our partnerships team, PrabhuKumar states: “At Avvinue, I have the opportunity to examine and adjust my perspectives about people from different backgrounds. It also unites us to work toward a common purpose. Overall, we have the space to grow, to be ourselves, and to exercise our diversity.”
Over in the editorial team, Lara says: “Working in a diverse team has been great, it really puts our mission into perspective as a global goal that we’re all working towards from around the world. It’s been great to understand other perspectives on moving abroad and incorporating these voices into Avvinue’s brand. As an editorial intern, I really enjoy proofreading content in everyone’s own voice, although remembering UK/US standard spelling has been a challenge!”
Evidently, a diverse workforce has benefited our team in shaping our global understanding. The main part of our daily job is to communicate with and understand expats, so it’s highly rewarding for us to learn about different cultures firsthand through our teammates.
Since a diverse workforce is beneficial for our personal growth as a team, this translates into our success as a startup. Our founder and CEO, Nicole Caba, notes how this diversity benefits our overall goals.
She states: “As a global startup, it’s important that our team represents the people we support around the world. Each person subconsciously brings diversity and culture to the workplace, so it’s our goal to emphasise those differences of background, experience, languages and all the layers of cultural diversity. Having such a diversity in our startup helps us bring the best options for building a global startup.”
The variety of culture around the globe is what makes our world so special. At Avvinue, we strive to celebrate this uniqueness by reflecting the globe in our diverse team. We all learn from each other and are constantly improving ourselves through our teamwork. A diverse team comes with masses of benefits for a company, but also benefits the individuals within the team -- contributing to the company’s sense of community and family.