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Open Mindedness - Truly open minded people are few and far between, and there always seem to be biases no matter how much you teach people to be accepting. I have gotten into many saddening discussions where people have unfortunately denounced an entire group of people just because they have had one bad experience. Diversity would stop this nonsense because if there are or were any biases or social misconceptions about a certain group of people, working along side them would make everyone in the office realize that in the end everyone is human and even though we are all different; that is what makes us unique. I think there are many places that could use a little more work place diversity just for this reason.
Expanded Market Reach- International workers speak many languages and can serve customers much farther away than just your city or country. Also they would have the ability to reach untapped markets within your own community filled with many different minorities.
Learning Opportunities - Forget about going to another country to learn about different people and different ways of life - you can learn directly in your own company. One of the greatest lessons you can learn by being exposed to other cultures is that you can open up to many different solutions to solving problems. Your own culture doesn't have to dictate the way you solve problems anymore, you open yourself up to many different opportunities due to this.
Globalization - Overall, the world is becoming more and more globalized, it's inevitable that diversity is going to play a role in your company. This new globalization trend is going to change not only how companies operate but it will change the world culture - so why not be ready ahead of time?
In conclusion, I think diversity is probably one of the largest keys to doing good business. Not only will it improve working life and understanding but it is socially responsible as well. Maybe not all diversity programs are able to accomplish what they are supposed to achieve these days, but if we work harder especially in the service industry I am sure that a global change would be readily welcomed.