When companies make hiring decisions, they look for qualified, hardworking people. Of equal importance is hiring team members who will add to the diversity of the organization.
Diversity is essential to your home care agency.
Of course, some might think “diversity” is a bit of a buzzword. But in a health care setting—in most settings, for that matter—this couldn’t be further from the truth.
It’s a broad term that encompasses a range of factors from age and gender and sexual orientation, to race and socioeconomic status. Even different personalities can add diversity to a group of people—and the appeal is expansive.
According to data from McKinsey & Company, U.S. businesses in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely to experience financial returns above the national median. Similarly, there is a linear relationship between racial and ethnic diversity and financial success.
The benefits of ensuring diversity at your home care agency include:
- Guaranteeing a caregiver or private nurse for every client.
Professionals should be compatible with the patients they serve. By hiring a diverse team of private nurses and caregivers, you can have team members on hand for clients from all walks of life.
Some patients appreciate talkative caregivers, while others prefer to spend their time around more introverted people. Or, perhaps one patient grew up abroad, and would like to hire someone with a similar cultural background. By keeping your agency as diverse as possible, you can offer someone for every client.
To this end, diversity also keeps organizations versatile. It’s essential that you—as the owner of a home care agency—hire team members who can contribute to the company in their own unique ways. For instance, say you’ve hired a professional with a background in equine therapy—if a new client is interested in working with horses, the pairing could be a sound match.
- Diversity promotes inclusivity & reflects our evolving population.
Research conducted by Cloverpop in 2017 indicates that the inclusive teams the company studied made better businesses decisions as much as 87% of the time. Not only that, but these teams made decisions faster with only 50% of the meetings less inclusive teams facilitated—and the decisions they executed were 60% more successful.
In addition, a diverse workforce can help accommodate our evolving population. According to the Administration for Community Living, the older population is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse—and teams ought to reflect this for optimal results. In 2003, racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States totaled 6.3 million; in 2030, the figure will likely increase to 21.1 million—that is, 28.5% of older adults.
The United States is becoming much more diverse—racially and ethnically, yes, but it doesn’t have to end there. Diversity is composed of many factors, so why not embrace it at your home care agency?
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