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Using Employee Resource Groups to Support Diversity

Diversity within the organization enables for a variety of benefits, including creativity and innovation in:

Solving problems of the business New products and services for customers

Additionally, diversity enables for better meeting the needs of customers – who are often diverse themselves. One method to support diversity within the organization is through encouraging and supporting […]

“Masculine” or “Feminine” Talk?

I am teaching an online course for Hesser College on Managing the Diversified Workplace. The book we are using, Opportunities and Challenges of Workplace Diversity, 2nd Edition, Canas & Sondak (Prentice Hall, 2011) discusses two types of speaking styles: Masculine and Feminine.

The masculine speaking style focuses on accomplishing goals: being assertive, establishing status […]

How Well Do You Manage Diversity?

In today’s global world the ability to effectively manage diversity is essential for success. To effectively manage diversity, you must see people for the individuals who they are and not as a member of a group. Additionally, keep in mind that we all stereotype – it is human nature. Once we understand that – […]

Appreciating Diversity

I was talking to an attendee at a conference at which I was speaking on virtual teams. We started to talk about diversity on project teams. He was surprised when I noted that the more diversity on the team – the better! From his perspective – it meant more work for him. He didn’t want […]

Does Your Organization Have a Clear Definition of Diversity?

Many organizations discuss diversity and talk about the importance of diversity, but few have a working definition of what diversity means for the organization. Without a clear definition of diversity, how can the employees within the organization get behind diversity in the organization?

A recent meeting with a client indicated that we needed to […]