Diversity in the Workplace: Benefits, Challenges and Solutions

Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organization.

That sounds simple, but diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, background and more.


Diversity not only involves how people perceive themselves, but it also influences how people perceive others. Those perceptions affect their interactions. For a wide assortment of employees to function effectively in an organization, they need to deal effectively with issues such as communication, adaptability and change. Diversity will increase significantly in the coming years.

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Successful organizations recognize the need for immediate action, and as a successful organization, UMC is ready and willing to spend resources on managing diversity in the workplace now.

Benefits of Workplace Diversity

UMC success and competitiveness depend upon its ability to embrace diversity and realize its benefits. When organizations actively assess their handling of workplace diversity issues, and develop and implement diversity plans, multiple benefits arise. These include:

  • Increased Adaptability
  • Broader service range
  • Variety of Viewpoints
  • More Effective Execution

Challenges of Diversity in the Work

Taking full advantage of the benefits of diversity in the workplace is not without its challenges. Some of those challenges are:

  • Communication
  • Resistance to Change
  • Implementation of Diversity in the Workplace Policies
  • Successful Management of Diversity in the Workplace

Recommended steps that have been proven successful in world-class organizations are:

  • Assessment of Diversity in the Workplace
  • Implementation of Diversity in the Workplace Plan

Recommended diversity in the workplace solutions include:

As the economy becomes increasingly global, our workforce becomes increasingly diverse. Our success and competitiveness will depend on the ability to manage diversity in the workplace effectively. Remember, “UMC Includes Me!”

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