Diversity & Inclusion
CHANGES THAT NECESSITATE A FOCUS ON DIVERSITY INCLUDE:
All of these trends necessitate understanding how to create a work environment that is inclusive and welcoming to diverse people so that employees can support the organization by contributing their best and the organization can support them in leading balanced lives.
MEN & WOMEN
This course looks at the diversity of women and men working together as colleagues for greater productivity and satisfaction. Since every person is on the gender spectrum, many companies have chosen to begin diversity work through the door of Women and Men Working Together. In addition, demographics point to gender diversity as a key focus. In the last two decades, women have entered the workforce in staggering numbers so that today over 40% of all women worldwide work outside the home. Women have moved into lower supervisory and management positions but only a fraction of a percent of top level positions are held by women. With the aging of the workforce and the decreasing education of entrants into the workforce, women represent some of the most qualified applicants and hence must be tapped for the well being of the organization.
1. How socialization affects values and behaviors toward our own and the opposite gender.
2. How men and women collude to maintain helpful and unhelpful patterns.
3. Improving communication between women and men.
4. Managing uncomfortable situations between women and men.
5. Creating healthy work partnerships between women and men.
IMPROVEMENT OF THE BUSINESS CLIMATE BY
6. Legitimizing honest, serious discussions between women and men.
7. Increasing support across and between genders.
8. Creating organizational rewards for managing diversity.
9. Increasing leadership for managing diversity.
— Conditions in the workplace that allow and encourage all people to perform their best
— Communication skills needed for being successful as an individual and company in a diverse environment
— Special information about diverse groups to increase understanding and improve working relationships
— Predictable dynamics that keep employees excluded
— Specific action steps for individuals and organizations to manage diversity better
— Greater understanding of organizational approaches to creating and developing diversity programs
— Building interpersonal skills needed for diversity
— More precise observation skills regarding diversity dynamics: how people are included and excluded
— Greater awareness of self: our own needs and biases and stages of development
— Development of a support network for managing the stress and sharing the accomplishments of diversity work
— Development of action plans for future diversity work
TRAINING OF DIVERSITY CHANGE AGENTS
For diversity efforts to be successful, there must be visionary and effective leadership. This course guides diversity specialists, managerswho champion diversity, and human resources professionals through the maze of diversity issues to increase their competency in creating cultures that value all people and promote their highest contribution.
A full description of the method and steps can be obtained through The Yarbrough Group.
Diversity is not just how your organization looks. It’s about gaining competitive advantage by integrating ideas from different age groups, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.
Based in Boulder, CO and Washington, DC, we are excited to engage with you wherever you may be located. From Organizational Development, one on one coaching, or conflict transformation, we look forward to hearing from you.
ELAINE YARBROUGH Ph.D.
LINDSAY BURR SINGLA M.S.
TELEPHONE 303 449 7107
1113 SPRUCE STREET
BOULDER, COLORADO 80302