White Papers ─── May 03, 2022
Working in a Diverse Team Environment
Author: Jherlyn Esguerra
The world we live in is incredibly diverse. Our communities are full of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious beliefs. We may speak different languages, use different communication styles, and hold different opinions and core values; however, while these differences can be a source of misunderstanding and conflict, they shouldn’t have to create lasting divisions.
Why do people move to a different country?
Nowadays, people move to different countries for many reasons, such as: to improve economic security, to support their families with a better quality of life, to satisfy individual preferences, to meet new people, to experience a new culture, to study, to escape political or religious persecution, or to fulfill dreams of seeing new regions of the world.
What are the benefits of having a diverse team in a company?
Having a diverse team within your company can help improve production achievements and market performance of the company for a variety of reasons:
- Sharing global experiences can provide new learning opportunities
- Increased creativity
- Faster problem solving
- Better decision making
- Strengthened skill sets
- Strengthened team morale
Sharing global experiences can lead to new learning opportunities
Because employees who come from other countries will have different characteristics and backgrounds, they are also more likely to have different skills and experiences. Consequently, employees in a company with higher workplace diversity will have access to a variety of different perspectives, which is highly beneficial when it comes to planning and executing a business strategy.
As an architectural firm, having a diverse team can increase creativity, with varied thoughts, backgrounds, and inputs that can help the team discover creative ways to solve problems and design new concepts.
Faster problem solving
According to Harvard Business Review, diverse teams are able to solve problems faster than cognitively similar people.
Better decision making
A white paper from the online decision-making platform Cloverpop has found a direct link between workplace diversity and improved decision-making. Researchers found that when diverse teams made a business decision, they outperformed individual decision-makers up to 87% of the time.
Strengthened skill sets
Employees who work together in a diverse environment can develop and expand their existing sets of skills. This can help everyone to enhance their skills and may result in improved productivity, performance, and quality of work.
Strengthened team morale
A team who can share their intentions and point of view are going to be happier and more content in their workplace environment. This positivity directly influences the rest of the team’s attitudes and motivation, which can grow the overall morale and productivity of a team. Motivated teams are also likely to influence the performance of the rest of a company, enhancing an organization’s culture and morale.
Berry Architecture + Associates (BAA) has a diverse team. Our team members come from many different countries and cultural backgrounds, we speak different languages, use different communication styles, and hold different opinions and core motivations. It’s very beneficial for us to have a diverse team as we share different points of view and use our experiences to help the team be more open when sharing ideas. In fact, at BAA, we believe that embracing diversity makes teams stronger, more creative, and ultimately better. We want our employees to work as a varied, but unified team to achieve our common goals.