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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bias and stereotypes can impact us in many ways... including assuming that just because someone didn’t go to prestigious university - they won’t be a great employee. So, when we are reviewing resumes for new hires, it is important to not let those biases keep us from seriously considering candidates for reasons like the school they attended.
In today's fast-paced world, a simple social media post or email can lead to hurt feelings...lost jobs and maybe even a lawsuit. Simply put, uncivil actions disrupt the workplace! But... being civil is not about just being polite or having good manners.
Being cooperative and respectful are probably two of the most important things we can do to really excel on the job. Just being able to get along with people is one of the most important skills any of us bring to the workplace. It means getting to know your colleagues and co-workers; making the effort to gain the respect and support of the people you work with.
Diversity has to do with human differences. So… a lot of times when people say “diversity” what they really mean is race or gender or ethnicity. Diversity is much more than that – it’s any point of difference. It can be differences in race or gender, but it also could be differences in work style, differences in personalities, differences in terms of our organizational cultures… any type of difference that matters.
We are all socialized into our cultural heritage, whether we know it or not. We learn language, values, and beliefs as well as “who is one of us” and “who is not” from our experiences in our cultures. Many of these beliefs remain even when presented with contradictory information or evidence. Bias can be expressed blatantly or through subtle messages.
Being civil to one another helps us all feel better about coming to work. But, it’s more than just being polite and showing good manners. There’s more to it than that! Civility helps create an organization where everyone can do their job - and not feel like they are being attacked.
Great meeting opener or training ice breaker for generation training! Forty trivia questions are listed (with an answer key) around popular culture and events during each of the major generational periods. Have fun. Award points. Reinforce key training concepts.