Promoting a diverse workforce simply means attracting and hiring individuals of diverse cultures. Having a diverse staff comes with tons of benefits such as tapping into a pool of variety of skills and talents. In today’s business environment, one of the top ways to promote a diverse workforce environment is to outsource business functions to oversea or offshore employees.
So, what is the best approach to developing a diverse workforce? The following approaches have been proven to be highly effective;
1: It Should be Part of the Company’s Policy
Once adopted as a policy, any standard or measure can be easily implemented. So, you should incorporate a diverse workforce into your company or business policy. It should be clear that the company can hire anyone from anywhere, and that there is no room for discrimination among people working in the company.
You should put up a procedure in place for complaints that bother on discrimination among employees or in the workplace. This should be accompanied by disciplinary measures for defaulters. For this to work, there should be no delay in taking action when complaints come in, and the same disciplinary measure should apply to all.
2: Use Non Conventional Platforms to Advertise Job Positions
You can also promote a diverse workforce by using wider platforms and avenues to advertise job openings and positions. This includes online platforms such as Elance, outsourcing websites, and online publications. The best part is that some of the employees can work from their own locations, which helps to reduce possible frictions that may arise in a diverse culture work environment.
3: Promote and Celebrate Cultural Differences
One of the great ways to make everybody feel accepted and reduce conflicts due to cultural differences is to schedule a day each year to celebrate diverse cultures. Employees should volunteer to plan such social events and each culture or background should be represented in the planning committee. Nobody or culture represented in your organization should be isolated or left out.
4: Get Ideas from Others
Also, you should find out from other companies, especially those in your industry, how they handle and promote a diverse workforce. The ideas you will generate from others can go a long way in helping you develop, manage, and maintain a diverse workforce in your own company.
Finally, outsourcing solution makes a diverse workforce more feasible. In fact, you will save more by hiring independent contractors from different cultures and backgrounds – you don’t have to spend more on overhead and employee perks. You can find the best talents offshore, just the same way you have such professionals onshore.
Thankfully, the internet makes sourcing for skills from all over the world easy and possible.
Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of premiere global outsourcing company, 123Employee. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, Beyond Marketing Live! Inspires entrepreneurs to build & grow their business with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyle of their dreams.
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Great Information! Thank you so much!