Here’s an article I found interesting- – Marshall Hennington, Ph.D. www.diversity-enterprises.com or www.juryconsulting.com. What do you think?
How to Create an Organizational Culture That Values Diversity
by Mitchell Holt
Diversity is more than just being willing to hire all types of employees. It is accepting, celebrating and valuing all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and age, according to a diversity article on the University of Florida website. Diversity in the workplace should start with supervisors, who, in turn, should foster an appreciation for diversity among employees. Building a organizational team that values diversity requires several steps.
Hire a diverse staff. Of course, you want to hire the best employee for each position, but patience can render the best staff with diverse backgrounds. You can’t expect your company or organization to value diversity if it doesn’t have a variety of cultures represented.
Take a weekend business retreat. This will give your staff a chance to get to know one another outside of work, and you might get some work done, too. Plan some team-building exercises, get-to-know-you games and enjoyable activities that encourage your staff members to talk to each other.
Attend a diversity workshop with your staff (See Resource 1). Some companies will approve funding for a diversity program and allow staffs to take a workday for the course. Diversity classes expose people to new ideas, encourage acceptance and may result in a higher level of productivity. Whether you take it online or invite a diversity expert to deliver an in-office course, diversity workshops can be beneficial to the office.
Appoint a diversity officer. A diversity officer–often part of human resources–takes several courses per year in diversity and catalyzes acceptance and cultural awareness in the company. The officer also handles culture-related issues and complaints and serves as the middle man between people who can’t resolve differences on their own. Many companies don’t have a budget for this position, but offering two extra weeks of paid vacation is often enough, especially if the position only requires a few hours per week.