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Diversity at work to create effective teams

The inclusion and the diversity at work are more than just being socially equitable, the key to building effective teams is creating a diverse workforce, but how does diversity create effective teams?

We'll take a look at three main areas where if properly nurtured, company culture becomes a primary resource: diversity, diversity of skills and work style, and diversity of opinion.

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diversity at work

If we talk about diversity, it can be because of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, physical ability, religion, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation.

When two or more people have very different life experiences, there is likely to be some kind of clash rooted in unconscious bias. However, many studies show that fostering an appreciation of those differences allows us not only to minimize conflict, but to use it to amplify growth as people. 

That is why we must always bet on diversity in the work area and, above all, instill that culture in our workers, but how can we do it?:

  1. Teaching and demonstrating that you have to put yourself in the other person's position to know how they feel. For example, you can bet on activities in which you have to exchange roles or act like the other person. 
  2. Make debates about cultures, religions, etc and then invite your employees to reflect on it.
  3. Create forums where everyone can tell how it feels to work with people from different cultures, religions, etc.

Diversity of skills and work style

Diversity of skills and work styles refers to where team members are in their career and where they want to go.

Appreciating these differences is important because it improves business continuity as people join and leave the organization. Furthermore, as people become increasingly skilled in a specific area, unconscious competencies are established.

This is why it is important to develop the skills and try to group your team in pairs to carry out “reverse tutoring”. In this there is an exchange of ideas and new information about shared skills.

But where do work styles come in? They appear as individual personalities shine. Styles are often evident in conflict resolution, but also manifest as levels of introversion and extroversion, approaches to problem solving, decision making, or levels of attention to detail.

In order to develop an appreciation for different work styles, try to offer a personality quiz that is dynamic and fun, and try to encourage each member to share their results.

Most employees flow between different skills and work styles depending on the stage they are in, the most important thing is to keep them motivated and make them feel good.

Diversity in opinion work

The reality is that each person sees the world in their own way, in a work environment (even a virtual one), it is inevitable that political conversations or other controversial topics will arise between employees from time to time. 

As a leader, managing potential perspective clashes is critical to preventing employees from feeling undervalued or unappreciated by the organization.

We leave you 3 tips that you can apply if differences of opinion arise: 

  1.  Find common ground
  2. stay objective
  3. Don't take it personally

In conclusion…

Maintaining a diverse culture in companies helps to open minds and have a broader understanding of things. That is why it is so important to bet on diverse selection processes and teach your employees to value diversity.

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