It is quite tough to be in a place where you need to work with diversity. Diversity could be of different streams like regional, religious or it could even be the style of working. To handle all these and get going with the work environment just the way you want, there are few steps that you can follow and get going with perfect results.
#1. Acceptance :
It is always the first thought of mind that it is tough to handle but if you are able to accept the situation as it is rather than running away from it. Acceptance is the first thing to handle the situation. Nobody likes change except a baby crying for diaper change.
#2. Change the block :
There is a possibility that we have a mental block while facing a situation. Elephants are held by a chain just because of its mental block thinking that it cannot overcome the chain but the strength of it is something over the block. The same strategy has to be applied over handling diversity effectively.
#3. Diplomatic approach :
If you are going to keep the approach of saying no to everything then handling a team could be difficult. You would only be accepting them but not their opinion and approach if you don’t agree it to be a good idea. Though that is the case, don’t say a straight no to them but welcome and encourage them for their new opinions which will give a accepted feeling and things will be more smoothly handled.
#4. Zero tolerance :
If the approach is something like belittling people then it should be zero tolerance one. It has to be practiced religiously. It would be helpful in handling diversities effectively.
#5. A favorite is a strict no :
While handling a team there are chances that you get a favorite among your team but it is not a good idea to have someone who you accept more in the crowd. This can grow ego and feelings that can negatively affect work behavior.
#6. Give space to understand :
When you start handling a team, give space to understand their strength and weakness. Don’t prejudge with their qualities because the culture could be different from what it looks like. Going on a pre judgment or presumptions over work behaviors can be hard on you if you make it in a hurry.
#7. Feedback sessions :
Give a perfect feedback that starts with a positive note. Don’t go for a straight negative statement when you have to give feedback. Talk about positives first and then move on to what you actually want to convey and that too in a positive manner.
#8. Something new :
Introduce new forums to talk through and share knowledge. Keep up a healthy relationship with the team. A change that is introduced in a new manner can make a huge difference to what you actually want to do. The acceptance level could be different when you try doing this.
#9. Don’t be a closed end :
Be open to queries and opinion. Don’t try to be a closed ended person always. There are situations where you actually need to but don’t make this your nature. If you follow a nature of this kind then you need to think of changing it.
#10. Be an ideal leader :
If you want to lead a team then you need to earn respect by setting example of being a great leader.