Workplace Diversity Training

Workplace Diversity TrainingWorkplace Diversity training is a viable part of any employer’s plan to create a positive work environment that is in compliance and meets the individual needs of their employees. The original model for workplace diversity was situated around affirmative action, developing its need from the law and a need to comply with equal opportunity employment objectives. This compliance-based model was useful but limited in its perspective and based solely on a “must-do” motivation.

The social justice model evolved next and extended the idea that individuals outside of the dominant group should be given opportunities within the workplace, not only because it was the law, but just because it was the right thing to do. This model still centered on the notion of conformity, but it also brought in the notion of hiring based on a “good fit.”

How do we build a case for business diversity and workplace diversity training? 

The benefits include:

    • creating a workforce in which mirrors the changing demographics in the global market
    • the ability to better understand that market’s desires and preferences, 
    • productivity, and costs improvements related to diversity can be analyzed 
    • A strong diversity inclusion culture will invite higher productivity, lower absenteeism, and less turnover resulting in lower costs to the company. 

Several approaches towards corporate diversity management can be distinguished:

    • Liberal Change,
    • Radical Change,
    • and Transformational Change.

Liberal Change Model

The aim of the liberal change model is to have a fair labor market from which the best person is selected for a job based solely on performance.  No one should be discriminated against so this model’s approach focuses on the letter of the law, compliance and legal penalties for non-compliance.

Radical Change Model

The radical approach is more outcome focused than focused on the forming the rules to ensure equal treatment. A radical change diversity model seeks to intervene directly in the workplace practices in order to achieve well-balanced work-forces, as well as an equitable distribution of rewards among employees.

Transformational Change Approach

The transformational approach covers an equal opportunity agenda for both the immediate need as well as some long-term solutions.  In the short term it implements new measures to minimize bias in recruitment or promotion of employees. The long term, however, is formulated and implemented as a project of transformation for organizations. It acknowledges the existence of power systems and seeks to challenge the existing status quo or systemic practices through implementation of equality values.

When implementing a diversity program, workplace diversity training is an invaluable tool to assist organizations in intentionally facing the rapid demographic changes in their local consumer market and labor pool by helping people work and understand one other better. 

Savvan Learning Solutions can help you ensure that your diversity process includes:

    • analyzing where the organization is currently through a diversity audit,
    • creating a strategic action & learning plan,
    • gaining support by seeking and incorporating stakeholder input, and 
    • holding individuals accountable through viable metrics

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