Diversity Awareness: Fostering a Climate of Inclusion, Sensitivity, and Respect in the Workplace
A survey by Korn/Ferry International found that more than 2 million people leave their jobs each year because of unfairness in the workplace. The hiring costs which result from high turnover are a huge stumbling block to company success, not to mention the time investment that goes into screening applicants and acclimating new hires to their role. Still, the greatest hindrance to progression lies within the heart of the issue—that is, to devalue and exclude employees because they are different is to also place limitations on their contributions and ability to grow.
From fundamental attribution errors to microinequities (a term coined by researcher Mary Rowe), Diversity Awareness: Fostering an Environment of Inclusivity, Sensitivity, and Respect in the Workplace, explores the subtle ways that these limitations occur and how to combat them by fostering an environment that focuses on building respectful interactions. The program defines diversity in broad terms, recognizing that people see differences in varying ways from educational background to personal attributes and experiences, among other areas. Professionals at every level will learn how to take proactive steps to find and capitalize on unique skills as well as exercise flexible thinking and seek personal growth.
• Understand the subtle ways that bias occurs.
• Identify instances of devaluing others through small, subconscious behaviors and micro-inequities.
• Establish a framework to increase inclusion at the organizational level.
• Recognize different ways of conveying respect.
• Address conflict productively and respectfully.
• Lead by example and be part of the solution.