Diversity: A Business Imperative

At the forthcoming CiPD Annual Conference, I will be talking about the importance of diversity to today’s successful business. For me, diversity is not just a buzzword. Neither is it simply about providing equal opportunities. In this day and age, that should be a given.

No. I believe a diverse workforce is a business imperative due to the tangible (and intangible) benefits that it brings to any organisation. Creativity, productivity, growth – you name it, diversity can bring it!

It may be worth giving this a little context.

In the coming years Europe and the UK will face monumental demographic changes which will have a significant impact on the workforce. Companies will only retain the best talent if they continue to successfully manage an increasingly diverse workforce. The three main demographic trends employers will witness are: an ageing workforce, feminisation of the workforce and a growing number of migrant workers.

The current culture in the workplace is not enough to sustain businesses through these changes. A diverse workforce has diverse expectations.  It is beneficial for companies to be a reflection of the society in which it operates. This includes creating a culture of leaders who can demonstrate an inclusive culture that flows from the top.

At Pertemps we are strongly aware of the demographic changes that are occurring and feel that with our expert knowledge of the labour market we are well placed to find solutions.

My team and I would be delighted to talk with you in a great more detail about the demographic changes that are forecast and the challenges each pose to workforces. I believe that any obstacles can be overcome through evolving working practices and individualised working options.

I will be at the CiPD annual conference in Manchester on November 5th so please register to attend for free http://www.cipd.co.uk/events/annual

By all means, post a question on this page today and I will gladly respond or answer at a greater length during my conference speech.