Throughout the last few years, the word “diversity” has become a huge industry buzzword. Companies are working hard to be more inclusive and have a more diverse workforce. But why is diversity so important to industrial environments. Here are some of the reasons you should embrace diversity in your shipyard, as well as the benefits that inclusive hiring policies will bring to your business in 2021.
Diversity isn’t just about someone’s cultural background; it encompasses many individual personalities that can bring vast perspectives to the job. When you hire a more diverse workforce, you’re also incorporating diverse mindsets into your team. This gives everyone a new perspective on the job they’re doing and encourages participation across the board.
Broader Access to Talent
Opening up your hiring practice to a more diverse pool of people also gives you access to more talent. It’s as simple as narrowing your pool limits access. You want to recruit from all communities so you can tap into and hire the very best from every corner of your area. Without it, you risk becoming stagnant without the new talent to improve or grow your shipyard operations.
Diverse mindsets also mean a bigger commitment to problem solving and innovation. If everyone in your shipyard thinks and acts similarly, you’re not as likely to have new ideas come up when they’re most needed. Creative thinking can help your production team determine creative solutions to questions that may have far-reaching implications.
Better Employee Performance
Studies have demonstrated that when managed properly, diversity initiatives increase performance and productivity. This needs to begin upon the initial orientation when your team is introduced to your shipyard environment’s inclusive nature. As employees work together and get to know one another, they can improve their performance and learn from one another.
More Representation for Customers
Throughout the last several years, the entire world has shared the refrain, “representation matters.” This is true for your workforce and, in turn, for your customers. More representation means the clients you work for are more likely to see themselves represented in the workforce who will be contributing to their specific projects. That increases customer satisfaction and leads to long term success.