Diversity is one of the most important aspects of a successful work environment. There is an undeniable benefit that comes with having a diverse group of voices, backgrounds, opinion, and perspectives within a company. Not only does this provide an opportunity for innovation within company teams, but diversity has also proven to increase the performance of all employees in the workplace. With this in mind, ADMIN’s team wanted to explore more on the topic and expand our own knowledge on the importance of diversity at work. What about diversity benefits business and how can companies better align their practices to support a diverse staff? To do this, we turned to one of our favorite outlets: TED Talks. Here are five TED Talks that on diversity in the workplace.
Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder — and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.
We’re taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that’s not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it’s up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination. In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. “There’s no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion,” she says. “Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time.”
Are diverse companies really more innovative? Rocío Lorenzo and her team surveyed 171 companies to find out — and the answer was a clear yes. In a talk that will help you build a better, more robust company, Lorenzo dives into the data and explains how your company can start producing fresher, more creative ideas by treating diversity as a competitive advantage.
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
When was the last time you felt like an outsider? Now imagine if you felt that way every time you entered your workplace. This is what many women and people of color feel every day at work, especially in the tech industry — they have to overcome the anxiety of being treated like an outsider before they can do the work they were actually hired to do. This isn’t good for company morale or productivity. So what can employers do about it? Erica Joy Baker shares her first hand experience with overcoming the “anxiety gap” and advice on how to close it.
We want to know: how are you bringing diversity into your workplace? Share your practices in the comments below!