A diverse workforce has a competitive edge. Being able to tap into the minds and abilities of different genders, cultures and viewpoints makes your company better at solving problems and creating dynamic products. But filling a quota through hiring practices isn’t the right approach. A more colorful roster of employees means little if those workers don’t feel engaged with the company as a whole.
Think of it like a recipe: you might have eggs, cheese, ham and bell peppers, but those individual ingredients don’t make a Denver omelet without mixing them up. If your diverse workforce doesn’t work as a team, you’re just stuck with a bunch of random ingredients that are good on their own… but could be great if blended together.