Diversity Enhances Productivity

This week one more of the nine drivers of productivity, Collaboration & Innovation. These two combined are a critical lever of productivity. So how does one achieve that? Quite simply by bringing and listening to more than one opinion at the table. “A more diverse workforce, well-managed and enabled, can unblock performance and strengthen collaboration. That helps the organization achieve innovative breakthroughs in customer focus and process improvement.”

A friend was telling me last week that the company he worked for had no women on their management team. He felt, as I did, they were missing out. We can all testify that women think differently than men thus adding diversity. I asked him what the process was for becoming a member of the management team. As I understand it, the process which is strictly followed, does not lend itself to women participating. I don’t think they intended it to be this way, it just is. Maybe it is time for them to re-evaluate that.

There is an interesting article written by Margareta Pagano, one of the UK’s leading financial journalists, in which she states that ‘research shows that having more females on boards boosts productivity.’ She goes on to say ‘by all accounts, boards would be all the stronger for more diversity; you need at least three women to make a difference.’ I totally understand that last remark. If there is only one voice of dissention it is easy to dismiss.

Is there more than one generation in your workforce? Now here is another opportunity for diversity. Jason Dorsey, the Chief Strategy Officer for the Center for Generational Kinetics believes the diversity of the different generations in the workforce adds tremendous value. He has a very entertaining 13 minute video that offers some insight that I encourage you to check out.  If you are not taking advantage of that diversity to deliver great results to your customers you are really missing out.

If the workforce, especially a diverse one, is critical to productivity as the Hay Group suggests then it is imperative that organizations give their employees the tools and incentives to improve their own productivity. I believe employees want to be engaged. They are looking for autonomy, purpose and mastery (See blog post ‘Do you know what motivates your employees?) and only need the right environment to act in the best interests of the organization.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/.


About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on November 23, 2011, in Business Productivity, productivity, productivity tools, workforce diversity and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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