A team meeting about diversity

Listen to a team meeting about diversity to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Nina: As you know, our team has grown a lot in the past year and we feel we need to address the diversity in the team.

Brenda: How do you mean, 'address the diversity'?

Nina: Well, we all know that diversity in teams is a good thing, but it can also be a challenge for some people to respect and value people's differences. We've got a really diverse team here – people of different nationalities, backgrounds, religions, ages … and sometimes I don't feel we make the most of this.

Stefano: Yes, and even if it isn't specifically challenging, many people are simply unaware of the isolation that some team members may feel because they are different.

Brenda: So, what does this mean? What are we going to do?

Nina: Well, we need to create a workplace charter. You know, one that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.

Brenda: That sounds like a good idea. But will people just see it as something the management team has created? Maybe they won't even pay attention to it.

Nina: I know. That's why we're going to involve everyone in creating it.

Stefano: That's a good idea. We could run some workshops and get ideas from the employees about how we can create a more inclusive workplace.

Nina: Exactly. I was thinking that before that we could run some team-building sessions so they can experience the value of diversity for themselves.

Brenda: Yes, I like that. Many people see diversity as something negative, often because there are different opinions or ways of doing things.

Nina: Yes, I know, but if there's no diversity, then the risk is that we all work in the same way, think the same and see the world the same. This makes it hard to be creative and to innovate.

Stefano: I completely agree, Nina. OK. So, what do you want us to do?

Nina: Stefano, can you look for a successful trainer who specialises in running workshops and team-building sessions on diversity and inclusion?

Stefano: Sure. I'll be happy to.

Nina: And Brenda, can you find a fun venue? Somewhere that is quite diverse itself. Something that's not the usual seminar-style environment?

Brenda: Sure. That'll be fun.

Nina: And I'm going to do some further research into how other organisations are benefiting from their diversity. I can share this with the whole team.

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Submitted by PeterG on Wed, 12/01/2022 - 14:42


In my university, we have a lot of diversity because there are different religions, ages, genders, nationalities, etc.

Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Mon, 10/01/2022 - 20:15


My workplace is a little bit diversed due to the company has four venues in four differente cities, Ibagué, Villavicencio, Neiva and Bogotá, so we have some things in common and we also have different customs, maybe the isolation because of the seniority at work is the main problem.

Submitted by misty on Sat, 08/01/2022 - 20:29


In every country we have different races, religions, beliefs, and traditions. This makes every person unique from everyone. In my previous workplace, theres a lot of diversity. We respect each others norms, especially that we are dealing with patients and relatives. Being in a healthcare, makes us broad minded in terms of other peoples beliefs and traditions. Furthermore, we build rapport with our patient and relatives by respecting what they believe. I therefore conclude that diversity is quite important in treating our patient.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Wed, 29/12/2021 - 13:39


Diversity in the team is a very important thing beacuse it help improve the vreativity of the team and boost productivity.

Submitted by jmajo on Tue, 21/12/2021 - 12:47


The workplace I work nowadays is a bit diverse, although almost all the people is from the same nationality, we're all from different places and have different ages and ways of thinking, so I think it's quite diverse. We don't have a charter to guide us but we use our common sense and when we have a new member in our team in the workplace we always try to avoid the possibly isolation feelings promoting inclusion and organizing reunions in friendly venues as social clubs or parties. It could be important to pay attention to the little differences that makes us different each other but make the team stronger at the same time.

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!

Submitted by vuhoap on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 14:13


In my workplace, everyone is from different countries such as Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, India and Japan. Although we are diverse in culture and customs, we all work towards the same goal, pay attention to promote our product and achieve the biggest revenue for the company.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Thu, 07/10/2021 - 15:24


Yes, diversity is challenging things there are lots of diverse people live in India. They have different ideas, different ways to doing things.

Submitted by plyas on Wed, 06/10/2021 - 18:10


advocacy is also a workplace with diversity. Many specialists, many versatile tasks ...

Submitted by Rolabaik on Thu, 30/09/2021 - 15:53


I am working in a more workplace diverse than any other workplace. It's a Hospital.

Submitted by Ruben Murillo on Wed, 01/09/2021 - 03:30

in Mexico it has been difficult to carry out inclusion because many people don't accept the different ways of thinking and sometimes they seem rediculous.

Submitted by Elías Amitai on Tue, 31/08/2021 - 19:11

My current work-team is no that diverse. However, I completely agree with Brenda, I think that when there is not diversity, there are not new ideas, new ways of working and of course there is a lack of improvement. So to summarize, In my opinion, diversity is really necessary, especially in a work team, it is useful for finding new ways of solving problems, different points of view and so on. All this, In order to do our best as a team work and in this case, for the company.

Submitted by iEdd on Thu, 01/07/2021 - 21:59

My work place is so diverse, since I live in the second largest city of my country and so many people come here to study, work or for pleasure. We have the opportunity to know several cultures, accents, as well as moods. Being open mind, you have the chance to increase your empathy as the other are doing so at the same time.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Sat, 19/06/2021 - 19:05

Actually I don't work. I'm just a student of University. Nevertheless, my university includes people from different parts of the world and for that reason in my opinion when students (included me) have to do a group job I work with people who have different ideas, religions, believes, etc. And I already know how it is called "diversity", and sometimes it is a little difficult because we cannot be agreed. Nevertheless, at the end we always find a solution to do the homework. If you ask me about how it benefits my team I could say that diversity in my team is like a breath of fresh air.

Submitted by fontan on Mon, 03/05/2021 - 03:03

If an organisation has diversity, I think the people who work for the organisation feel like how they are. It is very important for a peaceful working environment. In this way everybody will consider about themselves and their colleagues that If I have freedom to be myself, and everybody has the same thing, I should respect this system and our work space.

Submitted by hninhninayekyu on Fri, 23/04/2021 - 04:40

There are many people of different positions, educational backgrounds, ages, etc in my workplace. We always conduct small meetings to get different ideas and suggestions from every staff. But sometimes it is very difficult to get a consensus because of huge diversity in their opinions.

Submitted by Morrow on Mon, 19/04/2021 - 09:29

In my workplace, there are people with different backgrounds (poor, rich,..), and personalities. And in my opinion, diversity can make us more mature, knowledgeable.

Submitted by jeison0894 on Mon, 05/04/2021 - 15:41

In my workplace there are diverse people from many countries. We are a digital agency that works around the world providing our clients with solutions around business and development.

Submitted by Frank Cuello on Fri, 26/03/2021 - 02:54

I think that diversity can help in a workplace in the creative aspect, especially when a team is looking for new approaches or ideas.

Submitted by In on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 07:35

My workplace isn't diverse because I work by myself. I think that diversity creates rich team works and makes them more strong because of that.

Submitted by SoNSKrill on Fri, 26/02/2021 - 14:47

In my case, my workplace is in a good instance, we have reach a feeling of inclusion and harmony, and that's the most important, respect the others, get the good things of each one and make a good job.

Submitted by Cesar Silva Gajardo on Tue, 23/02/2021 - 17:29

I think that diversity in work teams is an interesting topic. I understand that a more diverse team with fluid communication creates greater trust and this will increase respect and tolerance for differences.

Submitted by Santes on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 11:25

To be an innovative organization team is looking for diverse and inclusive people into the organization. To avoid like minded people organization required diverse and inclusive people in all aspects. Team of three are planning to motivate the people on diverse and inclusive aspects.

Submitted by German on Thu, 11/02/2021 - 01:35

Actually my team isn't diversity because I generally work alone. But I like to find diversity teams an I think that the best way to obtain great results is conforming a great team.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Sun, 07/02/2021 - 23:32

My work place consists of different diverse people. Diversity helps our team as the range of languages benefits our diverse customers.

Submitted by nancyvirginiare on Fri, 05/02/2021 - 19:29

My workplace have a lot of diversity, we have people from different countries and it is so useful to have different visions and it helps to build a big picture of the situations.

Submitted by Alessandro893 on Fri, 05/02/2021 - 03:19

In my opinion, diversity is good to be able to reach everyone, a global vision is beneficial for our society

Submitted by Aroooma on Sun, 24/01/2021 - 01:46

In my opinion,diversty is good for the teams.It is full of benifets like make a special ideas ,more creative and see the beautiful colour s in our deffrint.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 16:44

In many workplaces of my country, especially in the local administrations of the public bodies, there's no diversity, because the majority of people originate from the same background, but the increasing participation in the EU projects is going to promote the knowledge of other contexts and the exchange of ideas and methods; all that will foster the reciprocal unterstanding.

Submitted by Beytullah on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 13:50

I think diversity provides to don't stuck only one thought.On the other hand it teachs us be tolerance,helpfull and polite human.

Submitted by Aleksandar Babic on Sun, 17/01/2021 - 11:50

In my opinion is diversity in garmany on the high level. But so many people can't speak english on traditional workplace. I know, what I mine is we respect differnt people and we try to talk to earlier. Some people mine in garmany is a racism a big problem, but it is not. I wish for the future that more garmany guys can speak english and that it would be promoted.

Submitted by Ailicec on Fri, 15/01/2021 - 18:52

I think the diversity Is not only diferent form of think, diferent color of skin, or religión. Diversity is also people with differents qualitys and capacites. This kind of people can teach us a lot of thinks that You don’t learn in the university, Like the true love.

Submitted by El Cuy Mágico on Tue, 12/01/2021 - 20:31

So nice reading all these experiences! Now I’m a student and in the university there is an interesting diversity environment. There are people from other regions. For example I have partners from the Andes, from the coast and from the jungle. In my country this mean they all have a quite different background. I feel I have improve as a person because I have been listening different ideas and i had different experiences whit these guys and i have new thoughts. Also I guess this environment has helped them as well. I mean now I feel they are more compressive and more friendlier may be cause they also have changed their way of thinking.

Submitted by marlio96 on Fri, 08/01/2021 - 16:59

Due to the pandemic, my workplace is my home but I think that diversity is very important in a team, this is because every different person has a different point of view and this makes rich a team and brings it successfully.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 04:08

In workplace,diversity is most important thing diversity is essential for growth community. When there is no diversity people have no incentive to hard work. In this community development is stop. In my place, diversity is enough. In India diversity is most features of their communities. There is a lot of languages, culture, traditions and festival. But all celebrate together with diversified experience. When there exists diversity then people have different openions. If there is equality in ideas then no work incentive. Diversity promotes invention.

Submitted by Elham Barakat on Fri, 01/01/2021 - 16:14

In my workplace, we have little team diversity. Although we can't deal well with diversity in languages and traditions. You differ from me, I will sarcasm you. So it leads to many conflicts. From a positive point of view, team diversity is important for teamwork. It's created more innovation and creativity. The life we positively use team diversity, we would reach to new ideas and make the team think creatively. When we use it negatively, it leads to division, problems and conflicts. We have many different cultures, religions, thoughts. Everyone looks at life from a different point of view. This issue may be positive, that many different ideas we will share. It may be negative if everyone insists on his opinion and refuses to deal with changes or refuses to adapt with other different people and their different ways of thinking.

Submitted by Shahad2O on Tue, 29/12/2020 - 10:52

In our group at the college, we have a lot of diverse in our thoughts and we have got created great ideas together.

Submitted by Caspiterin89 on Mon, 28/12/2020 - 15:22

I'm a teenager and I live in Italy, but I have to say -after speaking also with an expert of HR (Human Resources)- that diversity it has to be a distinct trait of a company, but also of the society and in my case of the school. In my class we are from many countries, but more important we have different opinions: and this is a good thing. Because having distinct opinions is the bread of democracy. Many people want only to be with the ones that think like them, but for improving we have to see different points of view and to hear different ideas. Only in this way we can create a better place where everyone can express theirself at best.

Submitted by Saad786 on Sat, 26/12/2020 - 10:18

Team diversity is very important for a work place. It brings the innovation and creativity for group in all sorts of life like education, sports, life style and values. Diversity is a natural phenomenon which is not only required in human beings but also in plants, forests and all other natural habitat of the world.

Submitted by cogitare on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 12:51

The diversity allows expand perspective of a situation, and my workplace have that, but when we need to take desicions and each must give an idea, only a few of people contribute to the conversation. For that reason, i believe that its benefit, but if the people don't have motivation to share their opinions, this diversity don't will be usefull.

Submitted by NADIA GEGE on Sat, 28/11/2020 - 17:56

Hello, in my workplace, an accounting firm, the are no problems about diversity but I live in a little village in Italy and sometimes persons don't accept different ideas. I think we all have to do an effort to consider the others a great resource for the society.

Submitted by DJ Singh on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 09:13

My last organization wasn't that diverse, equality was missing out there, the hierarchy was in every department. Nobody respected people on the ground level. I quit my job because of the toxic envirnment and I am happy about my decision

Submitted by Thu Ha Nguyen on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 10:49

I´m working as a working student at a German company. In my department, I´m the only foreigner. But I always feel inclusive in the team. In other departments, We also have other employees who come from different countries with different educational backgrounds. Nobody is isolated. We paid a lot of attention to equality and diversity. Everyone respects and values everyone else.

Submitted by omidabbasi on Sun, 22/11/2020 - 07:49

in my idea, diversity is a good idea. because it makes us to be challenge in many ways. i'm working in a car manufacturing company and There is diversity here in many ways such as age, skill , sex. but there is not different nationality here and i don't know if that's a good idea or not?!

Submitted by farhad zada on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 06:04

Everyone is different where I'm. I'm from Azerbaijan and we have so many different nationalities, peoples who are the part of each other and Azerbaijan in our country. And that feels so good. Think there're so many langugages that are used by different peoples, so many cultural traditions, dishes and so on. That feel cool.

Submitted by tmzch on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 21:34

I'm working in a place where diversity is a little bit not acceptable and it seen like a insubordination because I'm soldier and i must perform an odrers without discusion but in my opinion this is good in this specific "company" becouse where is too many chief there is a little indians (to perform an orders)

Submitted by Yenn nguyen on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 14:57

In my workplace, often, my company recruitment diversity about ages, sex, cultural identity, nationality..., I think this quite interesting, bring a lot of things worth learning. For example the experience of everyone. And diversity about language skills. Create innovation in the company.

Submitted by Aqilah khurshed on Sun, 08/11/2020 - 06:04

I am still a school student and i live in Saudi Arabia . Here in Saudi Arabia it's quite diverse in our school. We have students from different countries like India, Pakistan and me being a Bangladeshi.

Submitted by Razy on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 14:38

I am still a university student, but I worked before in my country. There was, in fact, no diversity in my teamwork because we were working in a small-sized company and all of the staff were at the same age, nationality, and religion. But I think diversity in the workplace has a lot of benefits, although it is challenging for the team member to cope with differences. In other words, diversity makes innovation and creativity in the work and the problems can be solved with the help of different ideas originated from the source of diversity.

Submitted by Mr.hanymabrok on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 04:57

very good, but i need to know the specific meaning of inclusion in this comprehension.

Hello Mr.hanymabrok,

Inclusion here means being a part of the team or group and not being isolated or marginalised. If an organisation is inclusive then it welcomes people from any background and does not exclude them, and tries to be broad-based in terms of personnel and approach.



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