Online training has in recent times become the preferred method of delivering training programs across the globe. Diversity & Inclusion training is one such area where online training programs are very popular.
Some of the reasons for organizations to opt for online training are:
- Cost Effective – Online training programs are generally low cost since the cost of travel for either the participant or facilitator does not come into play. This is one of the major reason organizations prefer online training programs.
- Time Effective – Online training programs are also time effective. Since the modules are generally of a shorter duration and can be attended from anywhere, the time it takes to get back to business needs is shorter. Organizations today find it challenging to have people away from work for long duration’s, so online training is a good alternative.
- Global Perspectives– Online training programs offer the flexibility of having a global audience. This is a significant advantage for Diversity & Inclusion training, since varied perspectives and ideas on Diversity and Inclusion can become a part of the training program.
- Location Flexibility – Online learning also offers the flexibility to an individual to log-in to the session from anywhere. Due to this we generally see higher response rate to online sessions since people even working from home can log in.
Now that we know the benefits of online training, let’s talk about the various topics that an online training on diversity and inclusion should cover.
- Biases – Any training on diversity and inclusion cannot be complete without a thorough discussion on unconscious biases. Unconscious biases are the biggest roadblock in creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. It is critical for people to learn about the types of biases, impact of biases on diversity and inclusion and strategies on overcoming and limiting biases. These aspects must be covered in a training on biases.
- Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion – Becoming diverse and inclusive is about building the right culture which happens with a change in mindset. Since changing your mindset is a difficult thing, people need to understand the benefits of diversity and inclusion – how do I stand to gain by promoting diversity and inclusion. While there is a lot of research in this area, the benefits need to be understood not only at the leadership level but also at the grassroots. Training on diversity and inclusion should therefore help people identify how “they” stand to gain from diversity and inclusion.
- Emotional Intelligence – Since diversity and inclusion are very closely related to emotional intelligence, this should be an aspect of diversity and inclusion training. Research has shown that teams and people who display greater emotional intelligence also tend to be more inclusive and open to diversity. So, training people on emotional intelligence with specific focus on empathy is important.
- Micro inequalities – Online training on diversity and inclusion should also include sessions on micro inequalities. Micro inequalities are day to day behaviors that may unintentionally or intentionally result in excluding certain people or groups. People should be able to identify micro inequalities and work towards avoiding such behaviors. Training on micro inequities can help people do just that and therefore become more inclusive and open to diversity.
Online training programs on diversity and inclusion are gaining momentum globally. Strengthcscape’s Diversity & Inclusion Champion certification is a step in the same direction. This 1-month online program is targeted at a global audience in training people to become D&I Champions and strategically work on the D&I agenda.