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Diversity - The Key to Handling a Changing Supply Chain

If you haven't been living under a rock, you know that the only constant in today's logistics industry is change. The transportation and logistics sector is changing faster than ever, and to remain competitive companies need to be able to think outside the box and execute creative solutions to new challenges. More than ever before, industry leaders are trying to find the best way to quickly adapt to new challenges as the supply chain changes more and more. There is a simple solution for increasing the creativity and flexibility of your company, increasing the diversity of your team!

It makes sense that a diverse team is more creative than a homogenous one, because a diverse team comes from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of experiences and ideas. A diverse team is able to think outside the traditional ways of operating the company, developing creative solutions to new challenges. A homogenous team is more likely to utilize similar patterns of thinking and experience, resulting in similar solutions. Even though diverse teams have to work harder, and sometimes longer, to arrive at a solution, it is generally the better solution in the long term. If you need more convincing, studied have shown that companies with diverse teams show increased productivity, sales, and revenue. Members of diverse teams also frequently report increased work satisfaction and improved professional relationships with coworkers.

All this means that companies should create and implement diversity initiatives, including targeting diverse hires and promoting an inclusive team environment. Companies as a whole, teams, and individual team members will all benefit from increased diversity in the workplace.

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