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This sample transgender employment policy document gives you a jump start in creating a comprehensive respectful and inclusive policy. Note: This is an example and needs to be customized per your organizational policies.
Diversity just is... but inclusion is the glue that binds a productive and innovative workplace. These easy-to-use cards provides thought-provoking statements on effective ways to enhance and leverage the power of inclusion. These cards are great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
You have an employee who tells you they can't believe a coworker is a lesbian. They also tell you that they can no longer work with that employee. As a manager, what do you do? Ideally, organizational policies will give you some guidance on how to address sexual orientation questions and issues - from a compliance standpoint. But beyond that, there are team morale and productivity issues that need to be addressed when and if this type of situation arises.
Know what a 'diversity moment' is? How about the power of inclusion in the workplace? Understand the impact of respecting others? This fun video defines key diversity, equity and inclusion terms in a way that everyone will understand.
We’ve probably all heard expressions that seem harmless. But the truth is their effects can be very destructive. And when we have to let a co-worker - maybe someone we've worked with for years - know that he or she has said something that's causing a lot of friction - it can be a real challenge because it's easy to fall into sarcasm.
Spreading false information or accusations concerning employees may be a violation of organization policy. Employees that engage in this type of behavior could have a disruptive effect on relationships at work and it could be seen as contributing to possible harassment or a hostile work environment.
Sometimes we may think it is okay to tell jokes about our own group or about other groups when we think no one will be offended. The problem is some jokes may cross the line between what’s okay and what may be a violation of a policy or work rule. Even if you are on a break...
Accepting and including others in the workplace - regardless of their race or ethnicity - is key to truly leveraging the power of diversity. Having the difficult conversations helps everyone learn and address key diversity moments. These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (A.S.I.A.N.) along with thought-provoking questions on better understanding & addressing questions on including and embracing other cultures in the workplace. Great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
Not sure how to discuss (let along increase) inclusion and belonging in your diverse workplace? These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (B.L.A.C.K.) along with thought-provoking questions on better understanding & addressing questions on including and embracing other cultures in the workplace. Great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
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.
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.
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.
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.