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Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

A few years ago, Starbucks made headlines when it closed its stores for all employees to attend an anti-bias diversity training. The training came after an incident in a Philadelphia Starbucks in which two young African American entrepreneurs had the police called on them and were led out in handcuffs after less than 10 minutes after they arrived. Their crime? They had been waiting for a business meeting to begin and had not yet ordered anything.

The company responded with a mandatory racial bias training for all employees because, according to Jen Randle, a consultant who helped coordinate the trainings, “Starbucks is a microcosm of what’s happening in the United States. We all have bias. It doesn’t matter your race or ethnicity.”

So, let’s assume that’s Starbucks truly is a microcosm…of society…of your workplace. And let’s explore how diversity (when properly implemented) can truly benefit all.

Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

  1. Diversity provides fresh perspectives

Hiring people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities opens the door for fresh perspectives. Inevitably, you open your company up to benefits like increased problem solving and productivity because not everyone thinks the same way.

Some hiring managers struggle with the thought of bringing in different types of people and personalities. It can be intimidating to introduce unpopular opinions and awkwardness. Ultimately, they’re throwing off the status quo. That said, research has demonstrated that more diverse teams have a 60 percent improvement in decision-making abilities.

  1. Diversity is better for recruitment and retention

A company seeking diverse candidates has access to a wider talent pool. As you reflect on your hiring process, you may find that you’re picky about traits that don’t make an employee successful at your company, and this could be weeding out potential candidates. Embrace diversity in background, thought, ethnicity, culture, nationality, etc. so you can find good hires.

Furthermore, after you’ve hired individuals, having a diverse workforce can improve your retention rate. Most employees and job seekers desire a diverse workforce and take this into account when evaluating companies and their job offers. Companies that emphasize diversity are more likely to attract and keep the best talent.

  1. Diversity increases profits

Everyone has their eye on the bottom line. The good news is that focusing on diversity and enhancing it within your workplace will only improve your profitability. One 2015 McKinsey report found that companies in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their industry means. Another study by BCG found that increasing the diversity of the leadership teams leads to improved financial performance. These findings demonstrate just how important it is to prioritize your staff. You handle your staff, and they’ll handle the work.

Final Thoughts

As beneficial as diversity can be, it doesn’t truly act alone. Thus, you should truly be considering the benefits of both diversity AND inclusion. If you’ve ever wondered why you hear about “diversity and inclusion” collectively, it’s because they work in tandem. Diversity is essential for all the benefits above, but without inclusion, there can be a diversity backlash. Go check out our article on Benefits of Inclusion in the Workplace and read about its importance.

For more diversity topics, see our 2022 Diversity Calendar.

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2022 Diversity Calendar

January 2022

January 1, 2022 Baha’i : World Peace Day
January 1, 2022 Roman Catholic : Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
January 4, 2022 Roman Catholic : Elizabeth Ann B. Seton Feast Day
January 6, 2022 Christian : Epiphany
January 7, 2022 Coptic Orthodox Christian : Christmas
January 9, 2022 Sikh : Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday
January 14, 2022 Eastern Orthodox Christian : New Year
January 14, 2022 Hindu : Makar Sankranti
January 14, 2022 Hindu : Pongal
January 16, 2022 Baha’i : World Religion Day
January 17, 2022 United States : Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 17, 2022 Jewish : Tu Biswat*
January 19, 2022 Coptic Orthodox Christian : Epiphany
January 27, 2022 United Nations : International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

February 2022

February 1, 2022 United States/Canada : Black History Month
February 1, 2022 Chinese: New Year
February 2, 2022 Christian : Candlemas
February 2, 2022 Pagan and Wiccan : Imbolc
February 5, 2022 Hindu : Vasant Panchami
February 15, 2022 Buddhist : Parinirvana / Nirvana Day
February 21, 2022 United States : Presidents’ Day
February 28, 2022 Hindu : Maha Shivaratri (Shiva’s Night)

March 2022

March 1, 2022 Christian : Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras)
March 1, 2022 “Islamic : Lailat al Miraj”
March 2, 2022 Christian : Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent)
March 2, 2022 Baha’i : Baha’I Fast (Through 3/19)
March 7, 2022 Eastern Orthodox Christian : Beginning of Great Lent
March 8, 2022 International : International Women’s Day
March 17, 2022 Jewish : Purim (Feast of Lots)
March 17, 2022 Ireland : St. Patrick’s Day
March 18, 2022 Islamic : Mid-Sha’ban
March 18, 2022 Hindu : Holi
March 18, 2022 Sikh : Hola Mohalla
March 19, 2022 Roman Catholic : Feast of St. Joseph
March 20, 2022 Pagan and Wiccan : Ostara
March 20, 2022 “Baha’i : Naw Ruz (New Year) begins at sundown”
March 20, 2022 General : Vernal Equinox
March 21, 2022 United Nations : International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 25, 2022 Christian : The Annunciation
March 26, 2022 Zoroastrian : Khordad Sal

April 2022

April 2, 2022 Hindu : Ugadi
April 2, 2022 Hindu : Chaitra Navratri begins
April 3, 2022 Islamic : Ramadan (5/23)
April 6, 2022 United States : Tartan Day
April 7, 2022 United States : Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust (8 days)
April 8, 2022 Buddhist : Buddha’s Birth
April 10, 2022 Christian : Palm Sunday
April 10, 2022 Hindu : Rama Navami (Birthday of Rama)
April 14, 2022 Christian : Maundy Thursday
April 14, 2022 Hindu : Vaisakhi (New Year)
April 14, 2022 Sikh : Vaisakhi
April 15, 2022 Christian : Good Friday
April 15, 2022 Jain : Mahavir Jayanti
April 16, 2022 Jewish : Passover (first day of 8-day observance)
April 16, 2022 Christian : Holy Saturday
April 17, 2022 Christian : Easter
April 18, 2022 Christian : Easter Monday
April 21, 2022 Baha’I : Festival of Ridvan
April 22, 2022 International : Earth Day
April 24, 2022 Roman Catholic : Feast of Divine Mercy
April 24, 2022 Coptic Orthodox Christian : Easter
April 28, 2022 Islamic : Laylat al-Qadr
April 30, 2022 Pagan and Wiccan : Beltaine begins at sundown

May 2022

May 1, 2022 International : May Day (Labor Day)
May 3, 2022 Islamic : Eid al-Fitr*
May 5, 2022 Mexican American : Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2022 United States : National Day of Prayer
May 16, 2022 Buddhist : Vesak (Buddha Day)
May 17, 2022 Black American : Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)
May 19, 2022 Jewish : Lag BaOmer
May 21, 2022 International : World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 23, 2022 Baha’I : Declaration of the Bab*
May 29, 2022 Baha’I : Ascension of Baha’u’llah
May 30, 2022 United States : Memorial Day observed

June 2022 Diversity Calendar

June 1, 2022 LGBTQ+ Pride Month
June 1, 2022 Caribbean American Heritage Month
June 2, 2022 United States : Granting of Citizenship to Native Americans (1924)
June 2, 2022 Christian : Ascension Day
June 5, 2022 Jewish : Shavuot*
June 5, 2022 Christian : Pentecost
June 6, 2022 Christian : Whit Monday
June 12, 2022 Christian : Trinity Sunday
June 12, 2022 United States : Puerto Rican Day Parade
June 12, 2022 Baha’I : Race Unity Day
June 12, 2022 Coptic Orthodox Christian : Pentecost
June 13, 2022 Eastern Orthodox Christian : Monday of the Holy Spirit
June 14, 2022 United States : Flag Day
June 16, 2022 Roman Catholic : Feast of Corpus Christi
June 16, 2022 Sikh : Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib
June 19, 2022 Eastern Orthodox Christian : All Saints Day
June 20, 2022 Black American : Juneteenth
June 21, 2022 General : Summer Solstice

July 2022

July 4, 2022 Indepedence Day : United States
July 8, 2022 Tisha B’Av* : Jewish
July 9, 2022 The Hajj* (7/29-8/2) : Islamic
July 10, 2022 Martyrdom of the Bab : Baha’i
July 18, 2022 Nelson Mandela International Day : United Nations
July 23, 2022 Birthday of Haile Selassie : Rastafarian
July 24, 2022 Pioneer Day : Mormon
July 26, 2022 Americans with Disabilities Act : People with Disabilities
July 31, 2022 Lughnasadh (begins at sundown) : Pagan and Wiccan
July 31, 2022 Islamic New Year* : Islamic

August 2022

August 1, 2022 Lughnasadh  : Pagan and Wiccan
August 8, 2022 Ashura* : Islamic
August 9, 2022 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People : United Nations
August 11, 2022 Raksha Bandhan : Hindu
August 12, 2022 International Youth Day : United Nations
August 15, 2022 Feast of the Assumption : Roman Catholic
August 19, 2022 Krishna Janmashtami : Hindu
August 24, 2022 Paryushana : Jain
August 26, 2022 Women’s Equality Day : United States
August 31, 2022 Ganesh Chaturthi : Hindu

September 2022

September 1, 2022 National Recovery Month : Theme Months
September 1, 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15 – 10/15) : Theme Months
September 10, 2022 Pitru Paksha begins : Hindu
September 11, 2022 Patriot Day : United States
September 11, 2022 Nayrouz (New Year) : Coptic Orthodox Christian
September 15, 2022 International Day of Democracy : United Nations
September 16, 2022 Hoshana Rabbah* : Jewish
September 17, 2022 Constitution Day : United States
September 17, 2022 Arbaeen* : Islamic
September 18, 2022 Simchat Torah* : Jewish
September 19, 2022 Anant Chaturdashi : Hindu
September 21, 2022 International Day of Peace : United Nations
September 23, 2022 Mabon (Autumnal Equinox)* : Pagan and Wiccan
September 23, 2022 Autumnal Equinox : General
September 26, 2022 Rosh Hashanah (New Year)* : Jewish
September 26, 2022 Navratri (10/17-10-26) : Hindu

October 2022

October 1, 2022 Global Diversity Awareness Month :
October 1, 2022 Breast Cancer Awareness Month :
October 1, 2022 National Disability Employment Awareness Month :
October 1, 2022 Italian American Heritage Month :
October 1, 2022 Polish American Heritage Month :
October 1, 2022 Durga Puja (10/22-10-26) : Hindu
October 5, 2022 Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) : Jewish
October 5, 2022 Dussehra : Hindu
October 6, 2022 German American Heritage Day : United States
October 8, 2022 Mawlid* : Islamic
October 10, 2022 Sukkot (10/3-10/9) : Jewish
October 10, 2022 World Mental Health Day : People with Disabilities
October 10, 2022 Thanksgiving Day : Canada
October 11, 2022 National Coming Out Day : LGBTQ+
October 11, 2022 International Day of the Girl Child : United Nations
October 13, 2022 Karva Chauth : Hindu
October 15, 2022 Blind Americans Equality Day : People with Disabilities
October 17, 2022 Shemini Atzeret* (10/10-11) : Jewish
October 20, 2022 Spirit Day : LGBTQ+
October 24, 2022 Diwali : Hindu
October 24, 2022 Bandi Chhor Divas : Sikh
October 25, 2022 New Year : Jain
October 28, 2022 Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day : United States
October 29, 2022 Gyan Panchami : Jain
October 31, 2022 Halloween : United States, Canada
October 31, 2022 Samhain begins : Pagan and Wiccan

November 2022

November 1, 2022 Movember :
November 1, 2022 National Diabetes Awareness Month :
November 1, 2022 Native American Heritage Month :
November 1, 2022 All Saints Day : Christian
November 1, 2022 Día de los Muertos : Mexico
November 2, 2022 All Souls Day : Christian
November 7, 2022 Birthday of the Bab : Baha’i
November 8, 2022 Election Day : United States
November 8, 2022 Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday : Sikh
November 11, 2022 Veterans Day : United States
November 12, 2022 Birthday of Baha’u’llah : Baha’i
November 16, 2022 International Day for Tolerance : United Nations
November 16, 2022 Dutch American Heritage Day : United States
November 19, 2022 International Men’s Day :
November 20, 2022 Transgender Day of Remembrance : LGBTQ+
November 24, 2022 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib : Sikh
November 24, 2022 Thanksgiving Day : United States
November 25, 2022 Hindu : Vikram Samvat (Lunar New Year)
November 25, 2022 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women : United Nations
November 25, 2022 Nativity Fast (11/25-1/6) : Coptic Orthodox Christian
November 26, 2022 The Day of the Covenant : Baha’i
November 27, 2022 Advent begins (through 12/24) : Christian
November 28, 2022 Nativity Fast (11/28-1/6) : Eastern Orthodox Christian
November 28, 2022 Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha : Baha’i
November 30, 2022 St. Andrew’s Day : Roman Catholic

December 2022

December 1, 2022 Rosa Parks Day (Ohio, Oregon) : Black American
December 1, 2022 World AIDS Day : International
December 3, 2022 International Day of Persons with Disabilities : United Nations
December 8, 2022 Bodhi Day (Buddha’s Enlightenment): Buddhist
December 8, 2022 Feast of the Immaculate Conception : Roman Catholic
December 8, 2022 Buddhist : Bodhi Day (Buddha’s Enlightenment)
December 10, 2022 International Human Rights Day : United Nations
December 16, 2022 Las Posadas (12/16-12/24) : Hispanic
December 18, 2022 Hanukkah* (12/11-12/18) : Jewish
December 20, 2022 International Human Solidarity Day : United Nations
December 21, 2022 Yule* : Pagan/Wiccan
December 22, 2022 Solstice : General
December 25, 2022 Christmas : Christian
December 26, 2022 St. Stephen’s Day : Roman Catholic
December 26, 2022 Kwanzaa (12/26 – 1/1) : Black American
Pagan and Wiccan : Litha*
Eid al-Adha* : Islamic
Joseph Smith (1805-1844) : Mormon

Benefits of Inclusion in the Workplace

“We want a culture that is inclusive and where everyone who joins feels they have opportunities to succeed and grow.” -Nellie Borrero

There’s a lot of talk these days about diversity and inclusion programs in the workplace. Yet, while people often have a grasp of what diversity looks like and how to put it into action, inclusion can be lost and forgotten in the shuffle. In this blog, we’ll explore why inclusion is so critical in the workplace, and how diversity and inclusion (and their benefits) complement one another. Let’s get started.

What is Inclusion?

Inclusion is the state of being valued, respected, and supported for one’s authentic self. It is essential that the workplace embraces all employees as their authentic selves and finds ways to lift them up. To be your one true authentic self, you must first feel included. Here are some ways diverse individuals can feel included:

  • If they are able to use their voice
  • If they are able to participate in the decision-making processes within a group
  • If they are able to increase the amount of power they have within the group
  • If they are able to feel like they belong

Why is Inclusion Important in the Workplace?

As noted above, many organizations have learned how to incorporate diversity into their workplaces but have failed on the inclusion front. The two are joined at the hip because, without inclusion, diversity efforts will not succeed. Here are a few examples of ways that you can help to create an inclusive environment.

  • By educating your staff and leaders
  • By listening and communicating effectively within the workplace
  • By embracing employees as their full and authentic selves

Ultimately, inclusion connects strongly to employee engagement. When you have employees that feel included in the conversations at work, they’ll feel more motivated to work hard for your company. It’s as simple as that!

Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion

Are you wondering why there’s so much buzz around the 4 key types of diversity training in the workplace? Not only do they benefit your employees but your company’s bottom line as well. Here are the top benefits of diversity and inclusion.

  1. Diversity and inclusion result in happier employees
  2. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace create a “growing” culture
  3. Diversity and inclusion provide you with a more educated and well-versed workforce
  4. Diversity and inclusion give your company good PR
  5. Diversity and inclusion allow you to capture a greater market share
  6. Diversity and inclusion help you with better recruiting and retention
  7. Diversity and inclusion provide protection for your branding, which is always something you should think about when you’re running a company
  8. Diversity and inclusion make your employees more productive and motivated to work together
  9. Diversity and inclusion in your workforce drive the momentum behind your D&I program, which helps you include more voices

Final Thoughts

Take a step back and ask yourself, “What am I doing that promotes inclusivity at my company and in my workplace?” Most employees and managers don’t have a good answer. Tackle this issue today! It impacts and benefits everyone. Stay up to date with our entire 2022 Diversity Calendar!

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