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A Diverse Workforce

What is a Diverse Workforce?

From a simple perspective a diverse workforce is a workforce made of differences. It is a workforce where employers have chosen the right person for the job regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion or disability. It is also a workplace where differences in employees are valued and respected.

Why is having a Diverse Workforce Important?

A diverse workforce is important because different groups of people offer a variety of skills that can help improve an organization’s ability to deliver goods and services, adding value and long term competitive benefits. A diverse workforce better reflects your customers and the community in which you provide your services.

The workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador is changing, there is a decline in the overall population and as people are leaving the workforce more and more job vacancies exist. In order to fill these vacancies employers are relying on an increasing number of women, youth, aboriginals, older workers, immigrants and people with disabilities to enter the workforce. In 2008 alone there was a 13.3% increase in immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador.* Businesses are accommodating the needs of this new workforce by overcoming various challenges and stereotypes.

*(Source Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

 gi_59164_smartforceTo learn more about  diversity and how it can benefit your organization check out the What is Diversity  & How Does it Benefit Your Organization? course in the  Diversity bundle on Smartforce NL at

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