Imagine your workplace as a cohesive unit, where everyone feels valued, and each person has something unique to offer.
Diversity in the workplace should be as simple as that.
Instead, for many companies today, the noble idea of diversity has become an anxiety-producing corporate objective, with HR departments and managers scrambling to create policies that don’t run afoul of the law, and staff wondering if it’s OK to have a casual conversation with a colleague for fear of causing offense – or even a complaint.
The fear of being “Politically Incorrect” is too often something that freezes us into silence. Similarly, “Diversity Training” usually feels a lot more like high school detention. And it works about as well.
Isn’t it time for a different approach?
I don’t believe that getting to true diversity in the workplace needs to be so difficult or painful. My approach is about returning to the idea that this is a common-sense, uplifting and achievable goal that can make your company a better place to be – for everyone.
We can talk about this stuff together, we can learn from one another, and we can understand each other a little better. We can laugh at our mistakes along the way, too. Diversity is about taking the walls down and learning much more about what we have in common than what’s so different.
Let’s find a balance.
To many, workplace laws and policies seem like a minefield of potential conflicts and misunderstandings, and that just makes creating a truly diverse workplace even more complicated. While it’s true that there are some differences between “real life” versus “work life,” there are some basic truths and tips that you can rely on whether you are at home or at a meeting.
In our work together, and through my trainings:
- We will identify where the legal boundaries are and how to make the most of them.
- We will learn simple techniques for avoiding unconscious bias.
- We will find new ways to make and enforce guidelines that create a sense of connection and teamwork in your company instead of a sense of defensiveness and isolation.
- We will cover the reasons behind the law and how some basic concepts will give you confidence to build and nurture a healthy, diverse workplace.
- We will develop new communication skills designed to create a sense of welcome and belonging for all employees.
My consulting work and trainings cover the following topics:
- Setting diversity goals and mission statements
- Identifying next steps and achieving diversity goals
- Sensitivity training that goes beyond “you should” and “you shouldn’t”
- Best practices for meeting legal requirements
- Hiring and firing with regard to federal discrimination laws
- How to respond to policy violations and complaints
I provide group trainings and presentations as well as one-on-one consultations to address your particular questions or needs. Please let me know how we can work together to encourage true diversity and collegiality in your company.