Employing People with Disabilities in Hertfordshire
Benefits of a Diverse Workforce
Diversity sounds like yet another buzz word, but dismiss it and you may well be missing an important trick.
Our workforce is changing at a pace. It’s getting older, more culturally and ethnically diverse, contains more women than ever before and more people who are disabled. To ignore these changes is to stand still. To embrace them and think of the potential they offer is to grow and progress.
Diversity is no longer the exception, and the competitive advantages it offers are clear. Variety in education , social and racial background, age and sex provides a wealth of creative and innovative possibilities across all areas of business from customer and client relations, to production line methods, from accounting systems to logistics, from IT to distribution, and so on. All of these, when improved, add to the competitive edge, and the bottom line. So, seek and share the ideas of all members of the workforce, there are gems of wisdom to be found there, if you look.
The best starting point for any organisation is to develop a good equality and diversity policy, backed up by a concrete plan of action.
Benefits of a diverse workforce
- Better understand the needs of changing communities and access new customers
- A diverse workforce delivers better to a diverse customer base
- Benefit from people who are resilient and strived to succeed in the workplace – adds a competitive edge to business
- Greater creativity and innovation – new ways of thinking
- A diverse pool of candidates can create a more highly skilled and qualified workforce
- Better positions your business for government contracts
- Ensure compliance with Equalities legislation
An Age diverse workforce
There is a real opportunity for businesses to benefit from an age diverse workforce. Research from CIPD states that having a mixed range of employees:
- Increased and gave a broader range of knowledge sharing
- Enhanced customer service
- Led to greater innovation
- Employees benefited from different perspectives, problem solving and idea sharing
Having a diverse workforce is relatively easy to achieve, here’s how:
- Employing apprentices aged 16 to 24 years – building the skills you need for the future
- Developing mentoring schemes for middle aged workers for younger workers to increase supervision skill and knowledge sharing
- Employees working beyond state pension age as there is no default retirement age allows for stability in the workforce and flexibility if part time working is requested
Understand the many benefits as a result of employing a disabled person.