While there are plenty of benefits associated with workplace diversity, there are also a few challenges that leaders need to keep on their radar, including:
Miscommunications and Misunderstandings
With more ideas and more perspectives comes a greater risk that information might slip through the cracks, or be taken out of context. Your employees may also have different expectations surrounding workplace culture and etiquette. It’s important to encourage ongoing communication, respect, and transparency to help everyone see eye to eye.
Slower Decision Making
Bringing in multiple viewpoints and different perspectives is ultimately beneficial, but it can also extend the decision making process, since there will be more questions to answer and opinions to consider. While it may make some processes feel more tedious at first, diverse opinions can ultimately lead to greater efficiency by enabling you to troubleshoot and avoid missteps that might otherwise prove costly.
The Risk of Discrimination
As you diversify your team, you run the risk that some employees may be discriminated against, or left out of crucial discussions. To avoid this, you need to make sure that your diversity initiative goes hand-in-hand with inclusion efforts.