One of the most engaging aspects of any workplace is its diversity. It is also one of the most enjoyable aspects of work when perceived and accepted in totality. It is always energizing and refreshing to speak with people who come from diverse groups and are different form your own self. These differences can be not just in terms of age and gender but also culture, behavioural and personality traits, generation, regional and religious beliefs. It is now a well-known fact that when diverse set of people come together as a team, they have the right ingredients to be more productive, creative and fun!
While diversity has been proven to be an advantage by increasing number of research studies, heterogenous groups of people can also pose several significant challenges especially because of the stereotyping and unconscious bias that may infiltrate into the work environment. There are many types of biases that influence interpersonal communication, and these are chronic in nature.
By clustering into groups with common traits, it becomes easier for us to navigate the interpersonal landscape at workplace. The flipside of this clustering is that it can create stereotypes and lead to prejudice in our daily decision making. This unconscious bias seeps into every decision such as who we choose to speak with at workplace, what we buy, and who we hire.
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It is difficult to generalize the extent to which unconscious biases are internalised and acted on at the individual level. Working with a diverse group requires high level of sensitivity, different approach for different people and an open mind. It is therefore important to provide sensitization training to the employees and build broad level acceptance and appreciation of the differences that define diversity in a group.
While training can help in building cultural awareness and sensitivity training, there is a need to support minority groups and build an inclusive culture on a day to day basis. This can be done by building a pool of diversity and inclusion (D&I) champions and allies within the organization. Diversity champions personify an immense level of acceptance, appreciation and support for diverse groups and further illustrate how teams can be inclusive and engaging. They believe in the power of diversity and work in a systematic way to build both diversity and an inclusive culture in the organization by engaging stakeholders across the organization.
Strengthscape’s Live Virtual Diversity & Inclusion Champion Certification, that can be attended from Singapore using zoom, enables employees to take the role of a champion with confidence. Certified champions have the tools, techniques and capability to lead Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in an organization. They bring about a great understanding of the challenges faced by various groups and further understand scientific methods that can be applied to build an inclusive culture.
For an organization to enhance its ratings on the diversity maturity scale, it is necessary that they train and build support for the minority groups, identify and decimate any form of discrimination that may be meted out to people form diverse groups and make policies and performance management systems that are fair, inclusive and free from biases. A diverse workforce and inclusive work environment set the stage for greater creativity, productivity and enhances employee retention.