Corporate Diversity Training by blc18549

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									Workplace Diversity Café
Facilitated by Mary Rozenberg

Algonquin College Corporate Training Centre
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
                            Workplace Diversity

Diversity is…
• Age/multi-generational
• Sex/gender
• Cultural/ethnicity/race
• Personality
• Economic/income
• Political
• Economic
• Sexual orientation
• Economic
• Language/bilingualism
• Religion/beliefs
• Ability
• Functional
• Lifestyle
                                                   Workplace Diversity

Importance of diversity
What is important to you and your organization about
workplace diversity?

• Diverse world/global competiveness (economics, trade)
• Represent the Canadian population and Canadian society
• Integration/Inclusive workplace
• Emerging connections
• New and different ideas
• Valuing opinions and differences
                                                   Workplace Diversity

Importance of diversity
What is important to you and your organization about
workplace diversity?

• Brings workplace enjoyment and fun
• Broadening of perspectives
• Represent the Canadian population and Canadian society
• Learning from each other
• Equity, respect, inclusive workplace
                                                        Workplace Diversity

Importance of diversity
Why do you care?

• Better lives/better working lives/getting the most from work
• Opens eyes and doors
• Brings understanding/brings opportunity
• Builds relationships and acceptance
• Empowerment
• Diversity in ideas and perspectives
• Creativity
• Getting the most from work
• Increase in perspectives, wider understanding


As diverse as we are we have common threads that
      we can view from different perspectives
                                                         Workplace Diversity

Benefits of diversity
• Meets the demands of the person
• Acknowledges differences/provides awareness
• Profit from diverse knowledge
• Rich environment “bountiful”
• Idea sharing
• Provides a sense of belonging
• Helps to overcome conflict (retention, expectations,
communications, managerial tools)




Creates an inclusive environment
where all can contribute to their
potential and be passionate
                                                        Workplace Diversity

Encouraging diversity
• Through learning and awareness programs
• Use of personality profiles to understand others’ personalities
• Sharing and learning from each other
• Employment equity programs
• Respect in the workplace
• Provides new experiences (different cultures, foods, traditions,
music, costume, ways of thinking)
                                                        Workplace Diversity

Encouraging diversity
• Through learning and awareness programs
• Use of personality profiles to understand others’ personalities
• Sharing and learning from each other
• Employment equity programs
• Respect in the workplace




           Embrace it. Encourage it. Cultivate it.
                                                   Workplace Diversity

Learning about diversity
What do you still need to learn about workplace diversity?

• People (ethnic, language, disabilities)
    • ethnic, language, disabilities
    • recruiting a diverse workforce
    • retaining (tools to help retain employees)
    • succession planning and diversity
    • engaging management

• Personality
    • how to convey the importance of diversity
    • greater awareness about differences
    • freedom to express oneself
                                                    Workplace Diversity

Learning about diversity
What do you still need to learn about workplace diversity?

• Function
    • how to lead a diverse team
    • managing diversity of people who come from different
    employers (public, private, crown corporations)
    • creating a safe environment
    • moving from awareness to implementation
                                               Workplace Diversity

The big HOW?
• How to bring everyone on board
• Moving from awareness to implementation
• Moving from awareness to respect
• Ongoing – the target is a moving one
• How to value differences
• How to define diversity as an organization
    • what it means to employees
    • what it means to managers
                                             Workplace Diversity

Tip of the iceberg
Organizations need to…

• Address how failure is handled
• Market themselves as diverse employers
• Be open to differing perspectives
• Cultivate a climate of respect
• Recognize that it is not just a HR issue
                                                    Workplace Diversity

Thank you
Thank you joining the conversation.

World Café is a simple methodology for hosting conversations
about issues that matter.

For more information on World Café go to:
www.theworldcafe.com
                                                  Workplace Diversity

Building people and
skills together
Algonquin College
Corporate Training Centre
340 Albert Street, 11th Floor
Constitution Square
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7Y6




Telephone: (613) 727-7729
training@algonquincollege.com
To view the schedule or to download the outline click here.

								
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