The Diversity in the Workplace competency explores whether an organization promotes understanding and support for interaction among diverse population groups while respecting individuals’ personal values and ideas. It focuses on perceived equality in the work environment. Research shows that by fostering a climate in which equity and mutual respect are intrinsic, an organization can create a success-oriented, cooperative, caring work environment that draws intellectual strength and produces innovative solutions from the synergy of its people. All businesses can benefit from a diverse body of talent bringing fresh ideas, perspectives, and views to the workplace.
However, a diverse workforce means that the managers within your organization must be capable of capitalizing on the mixture of genders, cultural backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles present in your staff to respond to opportunities more rapidly and creatively. Including this competency in your survey can provide insight into whether your organization is encouraging and leveraging a diverse workplace, as well as maximizing the potential of the people, backgrounds, and ideas of your present staff.