Diversity Training: Moving beyond comfort zones

by Jasjit Sangha

Recent studies show that successful diversity programs lead to increased employee engagement, as people feel more comfortable bringing their whole selves into the workplace and have a greater sense of belonging. Employees may feel more inclined to take initiative or bring forth innovate or creative ideas.

One major challenge of strengthening diversity and inclusion in the workplace is ensuring that the intent of the training matches the impact of the training. While diversity programs can be well-thought out and have the best of intentions, often the results are different than what was expected.

The key cause of this is that participants in a program may feel a sense of discomfort when addressing sensitive issues or not fully support the purpose of the training. As the articles below outline, strategies such as: changing the style of delivery, paying more attention to the emotional aspects of learning, incorporating mindfulness techniques and valuing participants lived experiences, can go a long way in helping to ensure the success of diversity training.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s what we’ve been reading on diversity:

Diversity is the Key to Success in Corporate Canada (Globe and Mail)

Facing Inclusion Challenges in 2017 (Ritu Bhasin, LinkedIn)

How Linkedin’s HR Chief is Changing the Diversity Conversation (LinkedIn)

How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Initiative (Harvard Business Review)

Google Searches Its Soul: Inside the Search Giant’s Efforts to get More Diverse – and to Change the way we see the World (Fortune)

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