“To be the best, learn from the best”- Darren LaCroix
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You want to have a more diverse and inclusive workplace? Everyone does. But it is not something that would happen over night. Diversity management is a whole new science which requires studying and hard work. And for successful diversity management, training is among the most essential parts.
“What are you going to do to compensate me for 10,000 malfunctioning intercom systems my company bought from you?” I barked at the Spanish business executive seated across the conference table from me. In my role as actor in a training simulation, I had been venting my complaints to him about his lousy products for the past 15 minutes, and I was not planning to leave the meeting empty handed.
In another article, we discussed how should we see diversity in order to achieve a better future of the workplace. Let's forget all the hype, in this new writing, we want to discuss the potential risks it could bring and how we could overcome them to make diversity really work
Diversity in the workplace is not something new. In fact, it has been around for decades. A survey by CEB global in 2012 shown that 77% of executives strongly support diversity initiatives. Unfortunately, only 40% of employees surveyed felt like their organizations are truly diverse and inclusive. What makes the gap so big? I hope my article can give a clear answer.
When I started working at Panda a few months earlier, back in 2016, I would never have thought that my work experience would seem like a reality closer to a future scenario. With offices in 2 locations, a team of 12 people from 6 different nationalities and myself remotely working from a third location, I couldn’t really imagine what this work reality would be like and mostly what it would feel like.
Although many people have had negative experiences with diversity training, I know that there are a number of successful programs out there. I am interested in learning more about what others have found useful when helping people work effectively across differences.