How you may be failing to leverage the diversity of others
Increasingly in our work environments, we find people very different from us with whom we must work as a team. Persons who, in addition to various professional abilities, may be of a different age, be of another nationality or another ethnic origin, and even have a different system of values and beliefs. These differences can be seen as a problem, but also as a potential.
The differences can enrich us
Instead of seeing diversity and distinction as a barrier, we can see it as an opportunity to expand our vision of the world and our work environment.
Studies show that the companies most prone to openly promote and accept diversity in their work teams have better practical results and also work environments with better organizational climate. That's why today employers take into account the social skills of their future employees to adapt to the difference and be able to work with people of different backgrounds and beliefs.
For many people having to deal with very different people in them can be a source of considerable stress. If for you it is not very clear how to handle yourself in groups with people of different kinds here we give you some tips to relax and take advantage of the experience.
1. Cultivate mental flexibility
In a world as uncertain as ours, having a transparent value system is a significant advantage, because it gives people ahead and helps them to know how to face the different problems of life. However, it is important that having a transparent value system does not make you intolerant or unable to consider a different perspective than yours.
That is why it is advisable to cultivate mental flexibility. Learn to keep an open mind and do not be afraid to rethink your truths. Learn not to feel attacked if someone questions or thinks differently from you.
2. Listen actively
Active listening is essential in the workplace because it helps cultivate positive relationships between employers and subordinates. Active listening means listening with empathy and enthusiasm. It means not being defensive and trusting the other. This attitude is essential because it opens a fluid channel of communication where those involved feel welcomed and in trust: two vital elements in the constructive exchange of questions and suggestions for the construction of joint projects.
3. Neutralize your prejudices
It is difficult to establish a relationship with a co-worker if in advance you think in a certain way about him because of his ethnic origin or his gender identity. I learned not to discriminate and not to make you a priori ideas of people. When we give people the opportunity to surprise us, they usually do it. Do not predispose yourself in any way with your colleagues to be different from you. Nobody is perfect, and often in the difference, we not only find contrast, but we also find complementarily.
4. I learned to negotiate
Finding an intermediate point between two opposites is not always easy. But the ability to negotiate is a valuable tool not only in the workplace but also in the social field. Negotiating means reaching agreements with others who think differently from you and do not always have common goals. Settling does not mean convincing others to do things your way because the truth is that when none of those involved give way, they usually lose. Sometimes giving in works as a long-term investment, because it may not allow you to get away with it at first, but it will enable you to build a bond with the other person who will later be on your side.