Dealing office diversity with mentoringWorkplace Productivity
The advent of globalization has created opportunities for individuals from different spheres of life to come forward and obtain employment in mainstream organizations. As a result, there is a high degree of diversity in the workforce and different groups of people from various ethnic and social backgrounds work alongside one another.
When people from various ethnic backgrounds work alongside each other, certain unavoidable problems may arise. Some of them include subtle racial profiling, verbal harassment and groupism. These problems, if not tackled at the grass root level will ultimately get out of hand and may end up with termination of certain employees or a helpless employee leaving on his or her own accord. As such, valuable resources are forced to exit the company and hiring new resources is both time-consuming as well as painstaking.
Any company that has an ethnically diverse workforce can consider employing a mentor who can break communication barriers and ease all the differences that arise between two individuals. Besides looking into professional matters and assisting in knowledge sharing for executing tasks, a mentor’s role is also to enhance interpersonal relationships and satiate the requirements of employees at humane level. Most of the organizations in the present day employ a diverse workforce and are encouraged from time-to-time to provide equal employment opportunities for individuals without any bias.
However, in order to mitigate problems that arise due to racism, a mentor can conduct group meetings where they will be made aware of certain rules and regulations. Some of them may include:
·Creating harmony between various ethnic groups.
·Enhancing knowledge about the beauty of each culture and encouraging each other to respect that culture.
·Removing the various communication barriers through regular group activities.
·Inculcate confidence among employees having language problems to ask for help without hesitation.
·Encouraging each employee of the organization to share skill sets with one another to form solid professional relationships
·Imposing severe action in case of any racial profiling.
·Request each employee to respect one another's preferences and needs/requirements.
·Removing negativity factor that surrounds the concept of diversity
·Constantly reinforcing positive attitudes and a spirit of unity.
Along with mentoring, these factors play a key role in retaining employees for the long haul and keeping them committed to their work. A mentor certainly has the power to alter negative mindsets and can reinvigorate dwindling unity among employees in a highly diverse workforce.
If you wish to have unity within your organization - MentorCloud is the ideal platform for you. Creating a mentoring environment for a diverse workforce is an important step to attain unity, retaining employees in the organization, creating a positive atmosphere, mitigating conflicts and contributing towards better inter-personal relationships. At MentorCloud, we will help you execute your vision.