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An HR-ON perspective on a diverse workplace

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Having a diverse workplace, as in our company HR-ON, can be an immense advantage, not only from a personal point of view, but above all business-wise.

In this article, we will list the positive changes that we have experienced by having colleagues from different cultures and with disparate backgrounds.

  1. A continuous flow of great ideas
    As you can imagine, in a diverse workplace, engaging in personal and professional experiences together can be like a volcanic eruption of brilliant ideas. Most of the new features of our e-recruitment system were born in this way!
  2. A considerable ability to adapt
    Many of our co-workers come from other countries than Denmark, and this means that they have had to adapt to life in another country, sometimes completely different from their own and therefore, adapting to a new and diverse workplace won’t be a problem at all. Actually, they will definitely spice up your working day!
  3. An improvement in your company culture
    Nowadays, it’s all about employer branding. You will have a powerful recruitment tool by setting up a diverse and talented team.
  4. An enhancement to applicant variety
    If a future applicant checks your company page and sees that the company is diverse, they will feel more encouraged to apply. This has even been the case with some of our colleagues.
  5. A wider range of abilities
    Every culture has many peculiar characteristics that can be translated to professional skills, but also personal abilities to use as an advantage for your company. Some of us are more structured and analytical and others are more “free-thinkers” but we managed to find the right balance and to learn a lot from each other.
  6. Many new perspectives
    Do you have a problem you just can’t seem to find the solution to? A different perspective is what you need! Ask your co-workers and you might find a solution.
  7. An exciting boost to your productivity
    When the employees are in a good environment, their productivity and commitment to the company increase considerably. Our developers couldn’t agree more!
  8. More challenges to face
    Working with similar people might seem more comfortable and easy, while a multicultural and diverse environment might seem more challenging, however, in the long run it will be more rewarding and exciting to work in such an environment.

 

WHAT DO OUR COLLEAGUES SAY?

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Birthe, Customers Support & Communication:

We are about 18 people at our office, and we represent eight different countries. I like the variety of the languages and cultures, partly because it’s nice to be able to practice my language skills. And partly because it gives a nice vibe to the office when we’re not all from the same country with the same traditions. We hear about other traditions and cultures – and we taste different food!

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Bjorgvin, Brand Manager:

The benefit of working in a diverse workplace is that you get to know a lot of fantastic people, with useful and inspiring personal and professional trades that you can learn a lot from. It’s all about working together, finding our strengths and weaknesses and to develop as professionals in the most optimal way – “taking the best of both worlds”

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Yelizaveta, Marketing and Sales Coordinator

For me it’s an everlasting source of learning from each other, which allows to solve issues in a faster and more effective way. Diversity keeps changing and improving crucial things around in a better way.

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Why reward is the key to your employee’s happiness and loyalty

Why reward is the key to your employee’s happiness and loyalty 1200 628 HR-ON

Money doesn’t buy happiness, they say. Even if this may sound strange to some people, this is also the case for employee happiness. We know that happiness has an essential role in shaping the company’s productivity, performance, and job market outcome. Likewise, employee loyalty is necessary as well, and it is easy to lose. Therefore, underestimating the power of both could be counterproductive for your company.

Why is reward so important?

First, we need to consider how much the fact of being employed (or self-employed) is important for everybody. In fact, employment has a huge impact on our entire lives. Even if we tend to divide work and private life, being employed (and thus, not unemployed) affects our social status, our interpersonal relationships, our life-goals and our daily structure. The type of employment does not matter, in this case.

 

BEING REWARDED IS THE KEY TO HAPPINESS AND LOYALTY IN THE WORKPLACE

Since employment is so essential in our lives, we cannot deny that it has an important impact on our happiness, as well. And the best way to be happy about the job and about the company itself is to be rewarded.

The reward that an employer can give to the employees can usually be assigned to four different areas: benefits, compensation, recognition, and appreciation. The first two are the most common and “easy”, because they are based on a material reward, such as a promotion, a commission or a raise.

But recognition and appreciation are much more relevant for the happiness and loyalty factors.

They are, in fact, low-cost but they can give an high-return in the long-term performance of both the employee and the company.

 

RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION MATTER

Recognition consists in the acknowledgment of the accomplishments achieved by the person. So, for example, when the employee reaches the sales-target, and they get their commissions, it is essential to recognize their effort and dedication as well. This can be done in a million ways, depending on your company. If you have a newsletter, you can use it to underline the success of the employee, or you can reward them with a day off to spend with their families or to relax. The reward can be something specific to the person, according to their interests and hobbies.
Appreciation, instead, means simply the expression of gratitude.

Words matter so much, and a “thank you” is much more effective than anything else.

It is important to make the employee feel appreciated for believing in the company and for dedicating their talent. In this way, they will be loyal to the company and to its culture.

 

CULTURE, NOT MONEY

Several studies report that, with higher salaries employees tend to take more notice and put more importance to company culture and values. Priorities change together with the salary, and this must be considered.

When the corporate culture is clear to every employee, and when every business decision is acknowledged by taking the values in consideration, then it is easier to gain the trust of the employees and to have them loyal to the company.

Culture simply makes people feel like they are part of a family, of a real and bigger project.

It can be the motivation to coordinate their efforts and behavior towards a proper vision, which will be beneficial for your company. Having a strong, unifying corporate culture can make the difference for employees’ happiness and productivity.

At every stage, nurturing the company culture and values is always profitable. The happier the employees feel the more loyal to the company they are. Consider this huge advantage and make your employees happy, you won’t regret it!

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