The restaurant industry is one of the most diverse workforces in the United States, but there are still ways we can improve, especially when it comes to management positions.
Having a diverse group of employees with different genders, ethnicities, ages, and experience can have a wide range of benefits to your company. Learn more about these benefits, as well as how to increase diversity in your company.
Studies have shown that having a more diverse workforce can lead to greater productivity and creativity. Different backgrounds mean there are more viewpoints and ideas, leading to better and more creative solutions.
Having a team of employees from different backgrounds will make your restaurant more comfortable to a wider range of customers. Diversity can also have benefits if some of your employees are bilingual and can communicate more customers.
It’s not just about hiring a more diverse workforce; it’s about changing or creating systems and policies for a more inclusive environment.
Think about who currently works at your company, as well as your customer base. Does the makeup of your company match the diversity in your community?
Don’t forget to look at management. Having diverse management helps create an inclusive environment for everyone at your restaurant.
Mentorship and networking have been proven to increase female and minority representation in management positions. Professionals can help guide people through the industry and give them knowledge and connections.
There are a number of different mentoring and networking programs that are specific to the restaurant industry, so try and find some in your area. Or, you can have mentors within your company.