One way to create a more welcoming workplace is through a diversity training program.
And, certainly, orientation for new hires is important, so employees learn how to be inclusive, what the norms are, and how to handle problems. However, stressing diversity and inclusion during onboarding is not enough. Focus on diversity needs to be ongoing to be effective.
This refresher course is a more concise version of our 6-part series, Building an Inclusive Workforce: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation.
How to Keep the Focus on Diversity
The makeup of the work force in the United States has changed a lot in the last twenty five years. And, without a doubt, workers are more diverse than ever. And, at this time, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans workers are more and more likely to be coworkers and employees.
This course is both a great way to remind employees of your company’s commitment to inclusion and offer another opportunity for discussion and engagement.
Topics covered in this training include:
- Defining sex and gender
- Explaining the difference between sex and gender
- Defining gender identity and sexual orientation
- Understanding common terms related to gender identity
- Explaining the difference between gender identity and gender expression
- Demonstrating how to be respectful and supportive of all gender identities and sexual orientations
Studies show that diversity leads to greater creativity and innovation. And, in an inclusive workplace, employees are more engaged with their work and team.
Building Diversity is an Ongoing Process
Make sure inclusion training isn’t just a one time occurrence. Studies show that periodic training is necessary to make lasting changes to work culture. For this reason, all staff should be trained at least once a year.
In fact, diversity and inclusion should be built into the fabric of workplace culture. Reinforcement is the key to making lasting impact on organization values.
Everyone can use a refresher on how to work well together while embracing diverse perspectives. Revisiting diversity regularly will not only help build employee morale, but also boost customer satisfaction and drive bottom-line business success.