Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace
Diversity training for the workplace may at first seem confusing or unnecessary, but it can be the start of many positive things for a business. It is an essential part of building awareness and a cohesive work environment. Here are some reasons why workplace diversity training is essential right now.
- It has been clearly shown that well-managed, diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams, as they tend to be more creative and effective at problem-solving.
- Diversity training can help business people conduct transactions and business dealings on a global scale by overcoming barriers faced by interacting with those of different nationalities and origins. In fact, it has been shown that bilingual employees can earn up to 10% more revenue.
- Gender diverse teams earn, on average, 46% more revenue according to a 2014 Gallop study
These are just a few points from our previous blogs on the subject, however, it is becoming increasingly apparent that more and more businesses will be left behind if they don’t start the meaningful change to address diversity imbalance. There is no better way to start than by prioritizing diversity and inclusion training.
Consider the case of Starbucks, who recently shut down 8,200 stores for a day, losing revenue and paying wages across all the venues, and provided 175,000 team members with a comprehensive and consistent training and set of guidelines. This is the way of the future, and got business buzzing about the possibility of brining the unconscious into consciousness, providing a supportive environment for discussion and retraining otherwise largely ignored issues in internal and external communication. Check out their initiative here.
It’s important to understand however, that diversity and inclusion training is not a cure-all. Running a training session, or even multiple training sessions over time, can’t create a diverse and inclusive workplace on its own. The training should be part of a wider program of actions aimed at promoting diversity, such as recruitment strategies, HR policies, promotion tracks, employee retention programs, and so on.
Having said that, training is still an essential component. No matter what other programs you put in place, they won’t be effective if your managers and employees are showing biases or prejudices in their day-to-day dealings. Diversity and inclusion training can actually open your employees’ eyes to wider perspectives and help them perform better.
Running regular training programs also shows your own commitment to diversity and inclusion, which can have benefits of its own. A Deloitte study found that when employees “think their organization is committed to and supportive of diversity and they feel included,” there’s an 83% increase in their ability to innovate.
Diversity Training is an investment in your employees and therefore ultimately an investment in your company.
Why choose Peers and Players to conduct your company’s diversity training?
Peers and players are unique because they are based where you are, with trainers and corporate actors who reflect the diversity and culture of your workplace, in your location. They offer tailored scenarios as part of their training, based on your unique case-studies. There is no more powerful way to learn than by experiencing and Peers and Players will not only give valuable tools to managers and team members, they will also use corporate actors to play out relevant situations with participants, providing an opportunity for them to practice and use the ideology and skills which are most effective for your business.
Lisa Peers, CEO and Head Trainer has been helping people communicate better at work since 1998. The Peers and Players offer diversity and Inclusion programs to companies globally. With offices in the USA, and Australia, they have more than 300 communication experts around the world who are local, culturally aware and able to guide your staff, to achieve more open and clear communication styles
Contact us today and we’ll assist you to provide the most relevant and useful Training and Development Program in your location!