Nearly half of midsize companies offer or require some sort of diversity and inclusion training program, as do nearly all the Fortune 500. Over the years, the management of diversity and inclusion has evolved from a focus on compliance to strategic efforts with a demonstrated positive impact on an organization’s performance: increased employee engagement, greater employee retention, and improved organizational culture and profitability.
Companies have learned that managing and nurturing diverse teams of people requires several different skill sets. Effective communication, conflict management, cross-cultural competency, and problem-solving skills are all needed to bring diverse groups together and to build trust and affinity. The complex nature of these issues and outcomes makes diversity and inclusion training programs a natural candidate for outsourced training programs.
Despite some skepticism about results of diversity training programs, a recent meta-analysis of over 40 years of diversity training evaluations shows that diversity training can work, especially when it targets awareness and skill development and occurs over a significant period of time. But this doesn’t mean there’s a single perfect solution to creating diverse and inclusive organizations. Effectiveness depends on the specific training method used, the personality characteristics of those who are trained, and the specific outcomes that are measured after training concludes.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is a good place to track workplace demographics by sector. The Bureau tracks a variety of data on US workers, and their most current racial and ethnic study from 2016, shows an overall downward trend in unemployment across all groups. Among the ethnic and racial groups the Bureau tracks, Hispanic workers makeup the largest segment of employees. For the complete 2016 study, visit https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/race-and-ethnicity/2016/home.htm
Speakers you Need (SyN) is pleased to offer “Valuing Diversity,” a six-hour workshop that gives managers an opportunity to participate in an experiential process allowing them to learn behavioral skills that facilitate open communication about cultural differences. Participants identify and share their own diversity issues and develop plans to widen their personal paradigm for understanding and valuing those differences. Participants then connect their plans to the organization’s business objectives.
For organizations seeking further or ongoing diversity training, SyN can deliver customized programs developed to change knowledge, attitudes and behaviors over a longer span of time. Leading subject matter experts from around the country facilitate all of SyN’s training seminars to effect individual and cultural change. SyN’s courses bring the added benefit reinforcing ever-changing rules and regulations that govern diversity in the workplace, provide a platform to instill corporate anti-discrimination policies, and show all employees that the organization is committed to fairness.
SyN is a professional development and live stand-up training company headquartered in Kansas City with more than 100 subject matter experts positioned throughout North America. For more information about diversity and inclusion, leadership, team building, goal setting, mentoring or any topic facing businesses or organizations today, please contact Rocky White, SyN CEO and President at 913.815.1494 or [email protected].
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