How to Measure Diversity in the Workplace

A diverse workplace is essential for the success of an organization.

A diverse workplace is essential for the success of an organization.

Accepting diversity means we value the differences in people regardless of their nationality, age, class or other personal traits. With businesses expanding globally and regionally, it's important to maintain a level of diversity within the workplace. The more diverse your workforce is, the better a company will understand the growing needs of the community, and the better your chances of expanding the talent within your company. Measuring the amount of diversity you have can be a challenge, but it is necessary to get ahead. It also can be a legal requirement to maintain a level of diversity.

Configure the percentages of diversity in the workplace. Add up how many of each work group you have. Divide each number by the total number of employees and multiply the number by 100. This will give you the percentage of each group. Compare these numbers with the national average, provided by the National Association for Colleges and Employers.

Maintain hiring records. Have your human resources department keep records of the individuals they hire. Never turn away individuals because they are different. Recruit employees from different cities and neighborhoods.

Keep your employees pay equal. Men and women should receive the same pay scale in regards to their experience level and time on the job.

Look at your turnover rates. If you see a trend in the number of minorities going in and out of your company, you should consider making a greater effort to retain these employees.

Interact with employees and observe how all employees are treated. Use diversity training to teach your employees to maintain a level of respect for one another. That respect will transfer into the way employees treat customers.

 

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Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.

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