Diversity is Good Business.
Australia is a multicultural society. Cultural diversity brings with it many challenges and benefits. When things go wrong in the workplace because of cultural misunderstanding, cultural awareness training provides solutions. To remain competitive, organisations must understand and relate to their diverse customer base and the opportunities it presents.
The business case for increasing diversity and cultural competence is strong. Research by McKinsey & Company found in their report ‘Diversity Matters’ (2015) that businesses with the highest gender, racial or ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above average: “More diverse companies are better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision making, and all that leads to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns”.
Cultural Diversity is a powerful force of creativity and change that few organisations know how to harness and make it work for them. A diverse, inclusive workplace enables organisations to better understand customers from many cultural backgrounds, penetrate existing markets and even open up new ones.
At Evolve we have worked with hundreds of clients to harness the benefits of cultural diversity and create an inclusive workplace. We do this through:
- Our Meeting Marketplace which is an innovative approach for organisations to engage their staff, clients and customers. It is the perfect tool for strategic business planning, conferences, community and staff engagement.
- Collaboratively designing cultural awareness training programs that are dynamic, sustained and integrated with ongoing learning. Teaching organisations how to harness and tap into the wealth of cultural diversity in the workplace.
- Fostering a sense of belonging is key to creating inclusive workplaces. Our new one-day Belonging program explores how this sense of ‘belonging’ can increase the health, productivity and bottom line for businesses and organisations.
We work with organisations to create culturally safe working environments that increase staff diversity and retention. Our ultimate goal is to help our clients capitalise on the numerous advantages diversity has to offer to achieve enhanced business results.