In a very progressive world, it is essential that we cope with the diversification of our workplaces; the 2016 San Jose Counseling Summit is one evidence of working towards that goal. The California Diversity Council recognizes the need for people to appreciate and understand the value of diversity and inclusion.
Why Diversity Is Important
More than just being a prerequisite for companies to maintain, diversity encourages both concrete and intangible benefits that yield maximum productivity. It helps people embrace mutual respect which ultimately leads to creative solutions viewed using different lenses.
The diversity among individuals—be it due to varying age brackets, economic backgrounds, cultures, and many more—makes the workplace highly collaborative. The continuous exchanges of complementary services and ideas allow the employees to be more welcoming of each other and thus contribute to a synergistic environment.
In relation to the common respect that exists among the members of diverse groups, conflict resolution becomes a lot easier. The acceptance shown to the different members of the group facilitates an open-minded discussion of whatever conflicts that may arise. This acknowledgment of another person’s value, together with open-mindedness, allows groups to tackle an issue using the different opinions they gather. In a sense, one cannot have a monopoly of views as he or she evaluates the points of others. In turn, this leads to more creative and sustainable solutions that work for everyone.
These two benefits of understanding and appreciating inclusion are enough reason to embrace workplace diversity. It is important to know that varied opinions are never worthless dissent. They are vital insights that significantly increase productivity. With that, it is imperative that companies take the time to learn more about workplace diversity; attending counseling summits or conferences such as this one would be a good start.