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|New Data via HR West and Waggl Indicates Cultivating Workplace Diversity is Essential for Innovation|
"Voice of the Workplace" pulse highlights the biggest advantages of building a diverse workplace.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA AND OAKLAND, CA (PRWEB) MARCH 08, 2017
The Northern California Human Resource Association (NCHRA), HR West 2017 and Waggl, the most human way for organizations to crowdsource feedback, today released new data from their joint “Voice of the Workplace” pulse on the subject of diversity in the workplace.
The “Voice the Workplace” pulse was sent by NCHRA to thousands of HR professionals using Waggl’s crowdsourced listening platform from February 3-March 8, 2017, including the attendees of the HR West 2017 conference at the Oakland Convention Center March 6-8, 2017. An overwhelming 96% percent responded that they believe cultivating diversity in the workplace is essential for driving innovation. Responses were relatively consistent across various demographics including age, gender, region, and size of organization. In addition, 71% percent of the participants said that they feel their organization is strongly committed to fostering diversity. Among respondents under the ages of 31, 100% felt that diversity is essential and believed that their organizations are strongly committed to fostering it.
“Despite the current politics of borders and immigration, it is generally accepted that companies benefit from cultivating a diverse workforce, but it can be difficult to measure or quantify the impact of diversity on an organization’s ability to innovate,” said Greg Morton, CEO, NCHRA. “However, as this pulse indicates, we’ve all witnessed cases in which diversity has directly driven innovation by creating an environment where ‘out of the box’ ideas are heard and encouraged. We’ve also seen situations where, without sufficient knowledge or training about culture diversity, managers can inadvertently fail to cultivate trust and respect in the workplace without even being aware of the consequences. It appears organizations that continue to actively commit to cultivating ‘cultural intelligence’ will be generally better equipped to innovate.”
In this pulse, HR West and Waggl also posed the question, “What is the biggest advantage of building a diverse workforce?” and distilled crowdsourced responses into a ranked list. The top 3 answers were:
Waggl is designed to help organizations to create a culture of innovation by creating real-time, 2-way dialogue that can be used to surface ideas, collect authentic feedback, and build consensus. Unlike traditional survey and polling platforms, Waggl engages participants by asking open-ended questions where favorite responses can be “voted up.” The platform enables fast, frequent, focused conversation on virtually any topic.
“Cultivating diversity is more important than ever, in our current era of business disruption and change,” said Michael Papay, Co-founder and CEO, Waggl. “The benefits of diversity become more evident as organizations start to open up lines of transparent communication and encourage authentic relationships between employees; creating an open forum to build connection, collaboration and alignment across the organization.”
For additional information, please visit Waggl at HR West 2017 in the West Hall of the Oakland Convention Center March 6-8, 2017. Co-Founder CEO Michael Papay is scheduled to present a session entitled “The Power of Listening,” on Wednesday, March 8 from 10:35-11:50 a.m.
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