Integrating into a new workplace can be quite a challenge. Everything is new: The work environment, the corporate culture, the tools – I could go on and on. But the greatest challenge? Memorizing over 50 new names! Not an easy task, especially when your new coworkers come from over 20 different countries!
Joking aside, as soon as I arrived at Cimpl, I immediately noticed its incredible cultural diversity. Here are some interesting facts Cimpl:
- Employees come from 29 countries, including China, Brazil, Egypt, France, Senegal, Russia, Poland, Colombia, Canada… and many more!
- We speak 22 mother tongues
- Almost 40% of the employees are polyglots, which means they speak at least 3 languages
- More than 90% of the employees are bilingual
- Between 2008 and 2014, the number of employees has more than tripled!
What do you think about these impressive statistics? In my view, they represent great potential and a great asset for Cimpl. Here’s why:
Studies are unanimous: Cultural diversity is the driving force behind creativity and innovation. A culturally diverse team is prone to find innovative solutions, to showcase creativity when it comes to strategy and development, to anticipate change, and to adapt better to it.
Furthermore, a multicultural environment tends to put less stress on conformity. As a result, employees are more inclined to express their ideas, which results in greater creativity and diversity of thought.
Performance and Productivity
But does all this creativity result in concrete benefits for businesses? According to the Quebec Government’s guide to managing cultural diversity in a work context, the answer is yes: “A business gives itself a strategic and competitive advantage by incorporating principles of diversity management. Therefore, diversity is profitable!”
Another benefit worth mentioning is that a company populated by a diverse employee pool is in a position to provide service that’s better tailored to customers, who are themselves more diverse, especially in today’s context of greater globalisation.
In a related vein, your employees’ myriad language skills and their unique understanding of foreign cultures can play a key role when it comes to working on a growth strategy and expansion in foreign markets.
In short, cultural diversity proves to be a competitive advantage. True wealth is cultivated by a multicultural work environment. At Cimpl, this wealth is expressed through the teamwork and the continuous collaboration that brightens up our daily activities.
Did this article make you want to join our team? You can, Cimpl is constantly looking for new talent! Apply here!