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Diversity in today's workplace is a given... and the value of that diversity allows organizations to draw on a fuller range of experiences - allowing them to think more creatively and avoid biased decision-making. But what if that diversity is causing tension? What if inclusion and equity are slow on the uptake? Treating others with respect is paramount to a successful and inclusive workplace.
In many organizations, the use of internet, intranet and other electronic media, such as voicemail and email, is restricted to business use. If personal use is allowed, the technology must be used in accordance with policy and the law - especially when it comes to possible cybersecurity impacts.
Have you used More Than a Gut Feeling™ to maximize your interviewing process/system in the past? Here's the next step in reinforcing those behavior-based interviewing skills! Developed from and based on the world’s best-selling interviewing skills program, this new program leverages what was learned by showing specific examples and identifying and targeting the most common interviewing mistakes. It shows managers and other interviewers the most effective interviewing actions for hiring top-notch people-every time!
Everyone is a combination of the many things different aspects of our lives. Daughter, engineer, team lead, brother/sister, type A personality, lover of jazz, etc. How all of these come together in the workplace is unique to all of us. Building an inclusive workplace means that people can be authentic and feel that they belong.
When we think about other people, we need to be aware of how bias may come into play. This is particularly true when the same behavior is seen as positive or negative depending on the gender of the other person. As we think about how to put awareness into action, we must watch the words we use to describe others and strive to be fair and equitable in our descriptions.
Providing customer service over the phone can be hard, particularly when someone has an accent that is hard to understand. While it can be frustrating not being able to communicate easily, the reality is that everyone in the world has an accent. We only notice it when we are speaking with people who don’t share our native language.
We all know the dangers that come from making assumptions based on one aspect of a person - such as their name. People want to be seen as whole people and our name is just one part of who we are. This kind of bias can be very subtle and we may not even realize that it is being done. So, as we think about putting this into action, let’s support all of employees in the appropriate pronunciation of their names and to watching any biases that start from someone’s name.
When the holiday season comes around, many people - by default - wish others a "Merry Christmas." But for people who don’t celebrate Christmas, this can feel disrespectful... and even rude. A key component of being respectful includes using appropriate holiday greetings during the holiday season.
People often have different religious practices based upon their faith. Some of these practices include wearing something like a crucifix. For others, it means wearing a piece of attire such as a hijab. Today’s inclusive and respectful workplace culture means that the ability to practice your religion is open to you.
There are still many stereotypes and prejudices about LGBTQ+ people - and this can often make it hard to come to work depending upon the attitudes and behaviors of co-workers. While we may not agree with every aspect of all of our co-workers, what we can agree on is that people need to be treated with respect and dignity.
People with disabilities live normal happy lives and most of the time are very independent and self-sufficient. Don’t offend someone by assuming that they cannot do something or that they have to have your help, but be willing to offer if it is desired.
We can make assumptions about people based on their age – younger people will be great with technology for example or anyone over the age of 25 will have a harder time adjusting to the software changes. But, assumptions like this can have a real-life impact on our work teams.
How we present ourselves to the world is part of our personal choices. Some people prefer a laid back styles, some prefer a buttoned up conservative look. So long as people are within the dress code, what people are wearing is personal.
Speaking in a foreign language can be tiring and more challenging. Being able to speak in a native language often makes things easier and quicker - especially when describing work or tasks. It can be easy to assume that when we hear people speaking a foreign language that they are speaking about us. Sometimes this also means that we feel left out of the conversation.
Caring for ourselves and our families is something that everyone in the world worries about. And, immigrants are no exception of the rule. Often immigrants are willing to take jobs that other people find too hard or that they are willing to take because they have other opportunities. Other immigrants provide highly sought after skills and degrees that help companies to be successful. Helping immigrants to be successful at work helps everyone be a great part of a work team.
Cultural differences can impact how people perceive situations such as a visit to the doctor. For some cultures, this is seen as something an individual does, for other cultures, they see it as an important event which a good number of family members need to attend.
Sometimes a department or field is dominated by one gender and it can be hard for people who aren’t that gender to be successful in that field - due to ingrained perceptions or long-standing stereotypes. Think male nurses... or female software developers.
When we think about people with a disability – we typically think about visible or mobility related disabilities. But, in reality, many disabilities are hidden. When someone asks for an accommodation – that is between them and their manager. It isn’t anyone else’s business.
The original version of this best-seller, now in five languages. This program is based on the work of W.H. Heinrich and his famous "Heinrich Triangle." It demonstrates that a serious or fatal accident can emerge randomly from seemingly routine unsafe situations and unsafe acts.