In the constantly evolving work environment of the 21st century, with diverse workforce being a common reality, the golden rule of “treat others as you want to be treated” is not cutting it anymore. It´s time to move on to the platinum rule - "treat others as they want to be treated", which is what diversity management training aims for.
Every person is a unique individual. Diversity focuses on this individuality and its benefits.
Diversity constitutes inborn characteristics such as gender, skin colour, sexual orientation as well as socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies and other cultural background differences.
Diversity management understands the value of these unique individual characteristics, since they affect performance, motivation, success, and interaction with others. It strives to create inclusive environment that goes beyond tolerance and mere compliance with equality/affirmative action laws: it's proactive in terms of acceptance and respect, it calls for true understanding and meaningful integration that in turn leads to improved performance, employee engagement and motivation.
Diversity management constitutes a holistic approach to the team that acknowledges and embraces the individual roots of each team member and seeks to integrate them fully. It enhances good management practices by preventing discrimination and promoting inclusiveness. However, good management alone will not necessarily help an organisation work effectively with a diverse workforce.
That´s where diversity management training comes in with its focus on the following areas:
- Embracing diversity: creating awareness and inclusive skills
- Creating inclusive working environment: bringing different voices to the table
- Working with unconscious bias
- Developing clear and credible communication
Diversity is an opportunity. It's time to leave the realm of passive values and elevate it to proper strategic business imperative. Otherwise it becomes a missed opportunity.