Why Diversity In The Workplace Is Essential For Success
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Looking for a way to build a strong, well-rounded team that works together efficiently and effectively? Running a diversity and inclusion training program may be the answer.
Engaging your team in this way can help them get to know one another better and lead to a sense of group cohesion that can serve them well when the job gets difficult.
In this article, we discuss some of the diversity and inclusion training programs in which your business can enroll and give you ideas for less-formal activities you can run on your own.
Cornell University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training program offers a wide range of online courses and certifications to benefit businesses of all sizes and types.
The curriculum is geared toward managers, HR professionals, owners, and executives who want to empower their business with the tools necessary to excel in the 21st century.
Along the way, you’ll gain an understanding of the various institutional, perceptual, and psychological processes that affect your team every day.
The course revolves around four main topics:
By the end of the course, you may be more equipped to assess and improve employee engagement levels, enhance organizational culture, recognize unconscious bias, and understand the dimensions of diversity.
As one of the largest online learning platforms, Coursera offers courses and certifications of all types — diversity and inclusion training included.
The program was designed by French business and management school, École Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC for short).
According to the program description, “Diversity is a fact. It is also paradoxical. We need to be capable of seeing and hearing differences in order to reap the benefits of diversity. But seeing and hearing differences hone our discriminating reflexes and can also lead to discrimination.”
During this course, you may learn how to understand this paradox, how to manage the dynamics involved, and how to channel the diversity potential in your workplace for greater performance and innovation.
The American Management Association (AMA) provides diversity and inclusion training, corporate solutions, certifications, and numerous resources for businesses large and small.
The program is geared toward leaders of all levels, HR professionals, and others who are responsible for — or wish to take responsibility for — diversity and inclusion in their organization and covers such topics as:
You also gain access to helpful resources, including best-practice reviews to help you keep your skills sharp and ready, on-demand lessons to help you shape and reinforce important skills, and numerous written articles that offer practical tips, techniques, and tactics.
The Microsoft diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias course is completely free and available online at all times.
Modules within the larger course include:
The program is self-paced and aims to help you come to a better understanding of various unconscious biases, how those biases influence behavior at work, the impact these biases have on you and others, and actions you can take to counter these biases in your workplace
HR University designed its DEI program to help HR professionals, managers, and leaders navigate the complex world of race, gender, disability, culture, and bias.
The program focuses on creating a strong diversity and inclusion plan for your business, developing a DEI mission statement, and learning how to manage difficult conversations about diversity in the workplace.
Key features of the course include:
Like the other online programs on this list, HR University’s offering is available online in a self-paced format that can accommodate busy schedules of all kinds.
An effective way of training your employees to understand diversity and inclusion may be to have everyone lead a meeting. This may provide team members with the experience to guide the meeting, discuss viewpoints openly, and respect one another in the role of authority.
To help make this activity easier and less stressful, meet with the designated employee beforehand to provide guidance on the process and to help set the agenda.
After the meeting is complete, meet with the designated employee again to discuss their performance.
Another fun and effective diversity and inclusion training activity is “I am…but I am not…”
You’ll need paper, pens, and enough time for each person to share their thoughts, but it’s a great way for people to take pride in who they are and to build respect among their coworkers.
For more information on building a strong, respectful team, read this helpful article from the Sling blog: Team-Building Games: 4 Games Employees Will Actually Enjoy.
Building a web of inclusion may be a great way to start conversations on various topics and get employees thinking about how their similarities and differences contribute to the strength of the team.
Here’s how it works:
This activity encourages team members to look for self-connections and things they have in common with their coworkers.
Diversity and inclusion training may be able to help you build a stronger, more unified team, so don’t leave those activities up to chance. Set aside time to discuss diversity and to practice inclusion — whether as part of a formal training program or through informal group games.
Doing so can help your employees experience the full benefits that group cohesion, strong company culture, and open communication have to offer.
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Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal, accounting, tax, HR, or other professional advice. You should contact your attorney or other relevant advisor for advice specific to your circumstances.
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