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Encouraging respect for ourselves and others does not mean failing to recognize race or other differences when they affect our understanding of a situation, our impact on others or our relationships. No matter how you may feel as an individual, color and race consciousness exist in our society and is the lived experience of many people. This video also acknowledges the importance of identity… which is how we see ourselves and how others see us.
No one likes tension or conflict in the workplace. But with such a diverse workforce, differences are bound to surface. These easy-to-use cards provide an easy-to-remember model (B.E.A.T.) along with thought-provoking questions as a framework for recognizing and responding to situations involving race and other diversity dynamics. These cards are great for a quick reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
Being an outsider can happen to any of us at any time. It can happen based on occupation, tenure, age, gender… the list goes on and on. When there are race or cultural differences the points of connection may not be easy, reactions may be more intense, and misunderstandings are more likely to occur. Inclusion is all about intentional acts that build connections and strengthen relationships.
Sometimes people don’t recognize when and how racial bias is expressed in our society and in day-to-day interactions. Most of us have seen or experienced racial bias in the form of microaggressions, which are subtle, sometimes indirect, and often unintentional behaviors that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial messages or assumptions. Although these things may not be intended as racist, they can come across that way.
When employees are subjected to slurs and other negative behaviors based on legally protected status—like race, national origin, religion, age, disability and gender among others—the organization has an obligation to prevent and protect their employees from these types of behaviors, including behaviors on the part of non-employees, such as customers.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are about encouraging and listening to ALL voices. When ideas are dismissed or discouraged, or when there are negative consequences for speaking up, we miss opportunities for innovation and problem solving. Beating tough diversity dynamics at work means creating an environment where all voices can be hard and valued. This is everyone’s responsibility.
It's easy to see how the focus on diversity, equity and inclusion has caused some white men to believe they have fewer opportunities. But the fact is that laws on fairness and equity apply equally to everyone. Efforts on the part of organizations to expand their race, gender, and ethnic diversity can’t legally, unfairly disadvantage any group. White males are protected by these same laws and have the same rights as everyone else.
We all want to be treated fairly. And we all want to be seen like we're being fair with others, right? So, the question is, how do we do that? The key is to have a common way to talk about and practice being fair. And that's what the F.A.I.R. tool does.
Diversity is a fact of life in our organizations. So, the question is, "how can we use our awareness of diversity to be more effective?" Being culturally competent means having the ability to recognize and respond to our similarities and differences; and make better decisions based on that understanding.
As well know well, diversity is all about relationships. The similarities and differences that exist among employees, customers, and suppliers are what create diversity in the workplace. When we talk about diversity, one of the most important things to understand is that it's about culture. Culture is a way of living, thinking, doing being and believing. It has to do with things like dress, customs, language, and beliefs.
The point of understanding the impact of diversity and being culturally competent by using the F.A.I.R.™ approach isn't just to ensure we'll all be nice to each other. Our organizations are in business to accomplish a task. And that takes the cooperation of employees and customers.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a personal playbook of helpful tips and tricks while plugging away at the office, shop, plant, studio, etc.? A resource that would help you tackle tough workplace situations using easy-to-implement, common sense tactics and concepts. This new series of short, thought-provoking modules is a great way to face typical workplace issues - both strategically and respectfully. There is no better time than the present to get working on your path to success.
You're back at work after many months of working from home due to a health scare. Someone is sent home because of a cough. You see them back at work the very next day. Management doesn't seem concerned. But then there are rumblings and someone makes a veiled threat about taking care of it. What do you do?
Social distancing policies and standards within the workplace are essential to protecting employees from possibly getting sick. Employees most likely will continue to maintain a six-foot distance from others and otherwise observe social distancing in the workplace as work duties permit. Also, there might need to be a limit to the total number of workers in a workspace (based on square footage) and a limit to the number of people in conference rooms, workstations, etc.
Blaming an Asian employee for a world-wide pandemic based on their heritage makes no sense. If it spread within an organization, it can impact personal relationships and cause deeper harassment and discrimination issues.
Change! How many of us really like it? We all know it's part of life – part of the workplace. But with change comes stress and uncertainty. Many of us are feeling (or have felt) the impact of working remotely during the pandemic. We’ve been asked to social distance for months and we are all feeling the lack of real co-worker interaction.
Yes, coughing in the workplace might take on a whole new meaning in the 'new normal' we face. But allergies, the common cold, even the flu bug will still be found in the workplace. Using good judgement and good hygiene can help prevent the spread of workplace sickness - without discriminating against others based on what we might perceive as fact.
New organizational policies and standards will be implemented across most organizations protecting employees while in the workplace. In the immediate future, 'new normal' guidelines will most likely include refraining from shaking hands while in the workplace. Refusing to shake hands can be dicey - even uncomfortable. There is definitely a right way to maintain respect while adhering to social distancing policies.
Blaming an Asian employee for a world-wide pandemic based on their heritage makes no sense. It's this type of explicit bias that not only impacts personal relationships, but if it's allowed to spread within an organization, it can potentially cause deeper harassment and discrimination issues.
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.