Promoting diversity within the workplace is one of the best things a manager or team leader can do for their company. Not only does this make sense from a business perspective — diversity within your business helps your company better understand its employees, clients, and customers around the world — but a workplace that embraces diversity is also a more interesting, welcoming, and enriching environment for everyone. Regardless of whether you’re the founder of an early-stage start-up or a people leader at a larger multinational corporation, the benefits of promoting diversity in the workplace cannot be more compelling in today’s globalized business environment. Not sure where to start? We interviewed 15 founders, CEOs, and people leaders on their thoughts on diversity and how they are promoting it within their companies. Follow their advice and begin advancing diversity in your workplace today.
Founder of Shivani’s Kitchen, meal delivery to food production company based in Canada
“Here at Shivani’s Kitchen, we have a diverse team — a chef from Jamaica, staff from India, and another employee with a disability. Thanks to our diversity, we are thriving — bringing many different experiences and skillsets to our workplace and our community.”
“I believe promoting diversity is so important. I myself immigrated from India and when I first moved to Halifax, Canada, I struggled to find a job in my field (Public Relations). Here at Shivani’s Kitchen, we have a diverse team — a chef from Jamaica, staff from India, and another employee with a disability. Thanks to our diversity, we are thriving — bringing many different experiences and skillsets to our workplace and our community. I value, recognize, and respect everyone’s unique qualities and attributes. We all do. I learn from others and what I’ve realized is that having a diverse team allows us to not only better understand one another but also reach different target markets.”