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Workplace equity refers to the fair and just treatment of all employees regardless of their backgrounds or identities, with an emphasis on creating an inclusive workplace where everyone has equal access to opportunities for professional growth and success. In order to create a workplace culture that prioritizes equity, organizations need to be intentional about their efforts. This means actively seeking out diverse candidates for employment, providing equal access to opportunities for professional growth and advancement, and creating a culture of respect and inclusivity. It also means investing in training and education for all employees to help them understand and recognize the impact of bias and discrimination in the workplace.
Personal pronouns are the words that we use to refer to ourselves and others in place of names, such as he, she, they, etc. These pronouns are not just grammatical markers, but also expressions of identity and respect. Using the correct personal pronouns for someone shows that you acknowledge and value their gender identity, which may or may not align with their biological sex or appearance. Using the wrong personal pronouns for someone, intentionally or unintentionally, can cause them to feel invalidated, disrespected, or even discriminated against.
New Micro-Learning! We all know the definition of bias, right? It’s the negative or positive assumptions usually applied to groups of people. It can be blatant (also known as explicit) or subtle. It can also be unintentional and unconscious. Microaggressions tend to be the everyday, subtle interactions or behaviors that communicate some sort of bias toward another person or group. They can be intentional or unintentional and sometimes even well-meaning.
Belonging is that feeling of security and support - a sense of inclusion and acceptance within a group. It’s when an individual can bring their authentic self to work. By creating genuine feelings of belonging for all, an organization improves both engagement and performance. In today's increasingly diverse workplace, it's more important than ever for organizations to cultivate a culture of belonging. That’s a place in which all employees feel included, respected, and valued, regardless of their race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic. When employees feel like they belong, they are more likely to be engaged, motivated, and committed to their work, which benefits our organization as a whole.
Respect sets the tone for the overall organizational culture. A culture of respect promotes fairness, integrity, and ethical behavior, which strengthens our organization's values and identity. When workplace respect is prioritized and consistently practiced, it creates a positive, inclusive, and supportive environment, leading to increased job satisfaction, productivity, and overall well-being of the workforce.
Trust is the foundation of any successful organization. Trust means that employees have confidence in each other's abilities, intentions, and actions. Trust also means that employees feel safe to express their opinions, share their ideas, and collaborate with their colleagues. Leaders play a crucial role in promoting trust in the workplace by setting an example through their behavior and fostering a culture of mutual respect and collaboration.
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between stressors. As a result, the person becomes overworked, and stress-related tension builds.
New Micro-Learning! Unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick decisions from data it gathers and then adding meaning to it.
We all encounter frustrations with other colleagues and departments from time to time, but it's important to think of the big picture and resolve any issues that may arise. A cohesive team is full of members who have open and honest communication, respect each other, and appreciate their efforts and ideas. By encouraging this type of environment, all departments can work together to reach their goals.
New Micro-Learning! New to working remotely? Most of us have been conditioned to work and focus because of outside constraints. Meetings force us to adhere to certain schedules, office hours dictate our start and end time and a manager’s watchful eye usually keeps our daily Netflix reviews to a minimum. Once on your own, you may find yourself floundering a bit to stay productive.
New Micro-Learning! Sexual harassment...you see it in the news just about every day. But if you're like most people, you probably think that sexual harassment is someone else's problem...that it can't happen in your workplace. The truth is, it can happen anywhere. Your organization is not immune to the issues of sexual harassment.
New Micro-Learning! It seems like every time we turn on the TV or read an online site, there are more sexual misconduct accusations… and even more fallout. It’s important that you understand the definition and repercussions of any form of sexual misconduct within the workplace.
New Micro-Learning! When it comes to encouraging inclusion in the workplace, terminology and vocabulary play a large role. Using derogatory names given to certain groups and people can perpetuate bias and stereotyping.
Customers get rude or angry for a variety of reasons—some justified, some not. And it’s very likely you’ll encounter rude or angry individuals at one time or another. It’s how you respond that can make the difference between a customer who feels satisfied with the resolution and one who vows never to patronize our business again. This course explores strategies for dealing with an irate customer.
Understanding standing and embracing other cultures is a key part of creating an inclusive workplace free of bias and stereotypes. This course provides an overview of the Mexican holiday – Cinco de Mayo. People outside Mexico often mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence, which was declared more than a half century before the Battle of Puebla.
New Micro-Learning! Racism fosters a divisive work culture that undermines morale, teamwork and productivity. In the workplace, racism most often manifests itself through microaggressions, which are indirect, subtle or even unintentional acts of discrimination against others – often taking the form of stereotypes. Awareness is key to understanding how racism impacts each of us. The key terms covered in this course are the starting point of that understanding.
Being a manager or supervisor is a fulfilling role. But as you know, there are times where you’ll need to tackle tough situations. When it comes to working with an employee who doesn’t interact well with others, you need to clarify the employee’s role and expectations in your own mind, and then clearly and specifically relay those expectations to the employee.
Maintaining a respectful workplace is critical to your organization’s success. How do you work with an employee who gossips and spreads rumors which have been detrimental to some working relationships?
Stereotyping is an all-too-common problem in the world today and is absolutely unacceptable in our organization. However, that does not mean it doesn’t still happen. We must listen to and validate our employees concerns and act on them. Doing anything else might lead to deeper issues – up to and including legal & compliance impacts.
Our workplace is full of employees with valuable life experiences and ideas. It’s important to recognize and appreciate the knowledge, perspectives, and experiences that team members of all ages bring to the table. This course explores how a manager deals with an unexpected derogatory comment directed towards a fellow employee regarding their age.