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The Link Between Workplace Diversity and Behavioral Health

Diversity in the workplace leads to increased creativity.


People with different backgrounds tend to have different experiences and thus different perspectives. Exposure to a variety of different perspectives and views leads to higher creativity.


“A diverse mix of voices, leads to discussion. decisions, and outcomes forever person” - Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google & Alphabet


Diverse workplaces employ people of different genders, ages, races, cultural backgrounds, education, religion, languages, and national origins. Workplace diversity offers the following advantages:

  • Expanded creativity and problem-solving

  • Better decision-making

  • Increased profitability and productivity

  • Enhanced employee engagement and retention

  • Improved company reputation

  • Higher innovation

  • Increased profits

  • Reduced employee turnover

  • Improved hiring results

How has diversity helped me at work


Diversity in the workplace has helped me learn from different people with different perspectives. I’m now able to make better decisions because of what was learned by another co worker at work that's different than me.


Diversity in my workplace has also allowed me to become a better employee and helped me improve my customer service skills.


I was able to learn other people's ways of communication, then developing my own communication skills from that.

Focus on the intersection of mental health

Diversity and inclusion programs at workplaces are generally seen as a way to provide equal opportunities.

The first step in being inclusive towards mental health means making an effort to sensitize, educate and encourage the leadership and employees at all levels. This helps in fostering a supportive and open environment for people with a mental illness.

Best practices for including mental health at the workplace

Awareness

Leadership

Wellbeing

  • Encourage empathy and an attitude of openness

  • Create downtime areas for employees to take breaks

  • Help create a routine; allow for flexible work hours

  • Promote wellbeing via regular workshops, exercise and meditation

  • Conduct workshops to help build resilience

Policies

  • Create policies that are mental health friendly

  • Employ people from all walks of life

  • Provide an employee assistance program and access to a counselor/therapist/helpline

  • Insurance coverage to include mental illness

Geared with these best practices, workplaces can work towards ensuring inclusivity for employees with mental illness.

https://www.whiteswanfoundation.org/workplace/di-what-are-the-best-practices-for-mental-health

https://www.forbes.com/sites/officedepotofficemax/2020/11/09/five-tips-for-decluttering-your-business-day/?sh=491584cd7443

https://www.thebalance.com/cultural-diversity-3306201

https://www.talentlyft.com/en/blog/article/244/top-10-benefits-of-diversity-in-the-workplace-infographic-included



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