As demographics continue to evolve in this country, having a mind for diversity and inclusion is as important as ever. This is especially true if you aspire to advance and position yourself as a manager or owner.
Whether you have a basic understanding of diversity or participated in diversity training already, it is important to continually develop diversity skills throughout your career. To not do so is to risk falling behind the times and putting yourself at risk of doing hard time in the HR manager’s office.
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What is Diversity?
Diversity is inclusive behavior toward people of different backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, ages, religions, ages, and so on.
Unless you are completely oblivious, you probably already knew this.
Why Should You Care About Diversity?
Some people dismiss diversity as a political issue, however, ignoring diversity is to turn your back on current trends that will affect you and your career in the future.
Consider these statistics:
- 67% of job seekers prioritize workplace diversity when evaluating employers (Glassdoor)
- By 2024, 25% of the US workforce will be comprised of people 55 and older (Deloitte)
- 45% of US workers have experienced discrimination in the last 12 months (Gallup)
- By 2065, there will be no racial or ethnic group majority in the United States (Pew Research)
- By 2024, the workforce will comprise of 47.2% women (bls.gov)
Diverse companies are seeing increased revenue and many businesses have started diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace.
So ignoring or downplaying diversity could put you at odds with your employer and co-workers. You don’t have to like these people, but it could impact your earning potential and career growth.
So you would be well advised to actively improve your diversity skillset.
How do You Improve your Diversity Skillset?
Many companies have diversity initiatives in place that include training and policies to help improve employee engagement. However, if your company is NOT providing diversity or inclusion training, you can do it yourself by taking one or more of the diversity courses outlined below:
Social Psychologist, Andrew Luttrell, Ph.D. identifies stereotypes and helps you develop the appropriate mentality to interact with increasingly diverse populations. You will also dive into unconscious biases and learn tested strategies to overcome them.
The Eleventure Team teaches you how to use assertive language to create an understanding and respectful environment. This course also teaches how you can learn from diverse work environments and leverage this experience to your favor.
Global Leadership Developer, Elizabeth Pagé, presents effective communication strategies that help you avoid cultural misunderstandings and successfully convey your intended message. This course also digs into generational differences and differing communication styles.
TEDx Speaker and CEO, Gail Miller, shows you how mental shortcuts create unconscious biases that can wreak havoc on your decision making. She will provide you with tools and techniques to reframe your perspective and combat your unconscious bias.
Business Psychologist, Robin Hills, has created a diversity course that shows you how to develop and apply your skills as an inclusive leader. This course also teaches you how to personalize individuals and plug them into the various organizational networks.
This course is a good overview for workplace sensitivity, respect, and assertiveness. It touches on a variety of topics and would be a good place to start for someone looking for an intro type course.
This course shows you how bias and stereotypes affect our decision-making, behavior, and relationships. You also learn to tackle gender bias both at an individual and at an organizational level. This course was prepared by Skill Boosters.
This is another course by Eleventure Team and this one is focused on functional cooperation across generations. It also teaches how to develop respect for ethnic and racial differences. This is one of the shorter courses on this list.
Equilibria Services Limited has developed the Personal Diversity Indicator, which is a metric that teaches you about your behaviors in order to improve communication skills, build better relationships, and work more efficiently. This is one of the highest rated courses in this list.
This course digs into the basic provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and educates you on the value of a diverse workplace. This is another good intro-type diversity course that also digs into the legal aspect of diversity.
This course focuses on the workplace environment and frames inappropriate behavior in the workplace as a three-party interaction between the ’Perpetrator’, the ’Victim’ and the ’Bystander.’ This course also discusses how you can use the CREATE model to help build an inclusive environment.
Lorraine Wiseman and the Life Progression Project teach you how to effectively communicate with people from different cultures with respect. You will also learn about Geert Hofstede’s six dimension model in detail; power distance, individual vs. collective, assertiveness vs. modesty, risk tolerance, short-term and long-term, and indulgence vs. well-being.
Dr. Karissa Thomas, EMBA, gives you an introduction to cultural compassion and teaches you to think critically about your cultural understanding. This leads to better understanding and improved communication.
Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Netta Jenkins, was listed by Forbes as one of the top 7 impactful diversity anti-racism educators in the world. She uses this experience to help you develop a toolkit to help dismantle racism in the workplace.
If you find yourself in an advanced position within your organization, you have the ability to support and advocate for people who are less advantaged. Organizational psychologist, Dr. Victoria Mattingly, shows you how being an ally can benefit both you and the people you choose to partner with.
This is another Robin Hills diversity course and is for anyone interested in understanding different personality types. It gives you insights to your own preferences and helps you build deeper and more meaningful relationships with those you work with.
Kevin deLaplante, PhD, helps you understand what cognitive biases are and how you can use debiasing to reduce the harful effects. This course also teaches you why businesses are starting to offer cognitive bias training to managers and employees.
Bastian Küntzel has developed a course that provides core insights into understanding culture, how it influences our worldview, and working globally.
Professional comedians with disabilities shares stories of their experiences to highlight how outdated and uninformed opinions make it difficult for people with disabilities to enter the workforce and advance professionally. There is also an emphasis on listening and knowing the right questions to ask.
Respect in the Workplace Matters
At the end of the day, diversity boils down to respect. You can go about your life in ignorance and run the risk of putting your foot in your mouth, or you can educate yourself and try to see things from a different perspective.
The latter approach is sure to see you develop more meaningful workplace relationships.
For more reading, see our post about respect in the workplace.