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 email@example.com To view the schedule or to download the outline click here.
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