The Importance of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace - by Faiza Zameer

Customs, social behaviour, and ideas of a particular group of people or society which have been created over a long time are called culture. It is the art, traditions, achievements, languages, and values of social groups which are passed down from generation to generation.

Cultural diversity is created in the workplace by organizations employing individuals of varying gender, religion, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, abilities, and other attributes.

Workplace diversity means respecting and valuing the skills and differences that each employee brings into the workplace. A workplace that supports multiculturalism is an inclusive environment that provides equal rights and opportunities for all workers, regardless of gender, colour, age, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and so on. In other words, it means accepting and including employees of all backgrounds.

A diverse workplace should be able to acknowledge the individual strengths of each employee and the potential they bring. Valuing the differences of others is what eventually brings us all together and can be the secret to a successful, thriving workplace and a fair work culture which ultimately becomes an asset.

Several people are prejudiced in the manner they view things around themselves due to deeply held values and beliefs which may render them insensitive to the values of other cultures.

To reap the benefits of cultural diversity and to make it a reality, people from different parts of the society need to come together and support it, which includes people like politicians, business leaders, and teachers. There are many ways that people can and support multiculturalism because accepting each other's values is what will incur love for humanity.

First and foremost, people must recognize and respect other cultures which include celebrations, traditions, beliefs, etc. This is why we need to express ourselves, observe and get into contact with the cultures around us. One of the best ways of learning about new cultures is encouraging each other to attend cultural festivals and events in order to learn about music, food, and art. Another way is to read books or watch movies from other cultures. People should also make efforts to normalize accepting values and traditions from around the globe. An interesting and enjoyable way to become familiar with different cultures is travelling and experiencing it first-hand.