Where working in homogeneous teams can seem easier, it can cause a business to settle for the status quo. Diversity, on the other hand, can breed healthy competition, stretching a team in a positive way to achieve their best. This atmosphere of healthy competition can lead to the optimization of company processes for greater efficiency. As a recent article in the Harvard Business Review argues, the challenges of working in a diverse team are one of the reasons why diverse teams perform better: “working on diverse teams produces better outcomes precisely because it’s harder.”
Talk to local organizations with community connections, including churches, cultural institutions and colleges. They can help you connect with candidates. You can also enlist help from nonprofits like the Urban League , the National Council of La Raza or from websites like that offer searchable channels of minority job hunters. But don’t limit yourself to local chapters or schools. If you have something to offer out-of-area workers, expand your search to other cities, states or countries. The Internet makes it easy to cast a wide net.
Many governments now recognize this and are creating legislative mandates to support diversity. Solving such complex global issues as world hunger, environmental concerns, financial crises, health care for aging populations requires a higher order of thinking. Government officers anticipate diversity can contribute to quality solutions. New regulatory mandates are emerging. US public companies must file in their proxy statements what their diversity policy is or explain why they don’t have one. Other countries have mandatory quotas for diversity. Norway requires 40% of board directors on public boards must be women. Malaysia recently mandated public companies must have 30% women in both their executive roles and their boards. The intention is to push for better results via diversity.