Diversity

Your Role in a Diverse Workplace

Diversity in the workplace means harnessing the differences between us for our own good and for the good of the company. We all want to work in an environment in which we feel valued and where our individual talents are recognized and utilized. Our business performance is enhanced by learning from the varied perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences of our colleagues. Innovative ideas and solutions to challenging issues can come from seeking input from those whose perspectives are different from our own.

Diversity makes us stronger as a company and helps provide a better place to work. Diversity has a large part to play in our performance and motivation. We are committed to upholding diversity principles to build an ethical workplace environment.

We each have a responsibility to support and contribute to a diverse workplace. Diversity provides a workplace with creativity, motivation, innovation, and success, but only if we all make an effort to recognize the individual talents and experiences that each of us brings to work.

Commit your time and energy to the effort. You might volunteer to serve on a diversity-related committee, or become part of a co-mentoring relationship. Ask committee chairs and other company leaders where they see opportunities for you to help.

Take the time to actively learn about the different cultures, races, experiences, and backgrounds of your colleagues. Become familiar with diversity-related terminology, and look for common ground first, not differences. Welcome new ideas and a wide array of perspectives.other company leaders where they see opportunities for you to help.

It takes time and patience to commit to diversity and you may make mistakes along the way. Be willing to learn, graciously accept feedback, and listen to your colleagues. You can always find opportunities to grow and be better.

Toshiro is a team lead. He asks your advice on which team member is practicing the kind of workplace conduct that encourages a diverse and open workplace.

  •  Aubrey assumes that due to his religion, Hussein won’t want to join the team in a bar for drinks after work.
  •  Mitchell learns about the way Chandra’s culture deals with personal space so that he will not make her uncomfortable.
  •  Holly tells her direct reports that “There’s only one way to do things around here… my way!”
  •  Petra thinks she might have made Li self-conscious when she talked about his native country, but she doesn’t apologize because she feels too embarrassed.

It’s important that every member of the team is supporting and contributing to workplace diversity. Remember to treat your colleagues as individuals, regardless of religion or cultural background.

Felicia recently asked her colleague Majid about his religious attire, and Majid found her question to be inappropriate. Felicia is very upset after Majid’s response, and wants to know how to move forward.

  •  We all make mistakes, especially when we are trying to understand something new. Majid would rather not discuss his religious attire and that’s his choice. But Felicia shouldn’t assume that all people who follow Majid’s religion will feel the same.
  •  Felicia shouldn’t have asked Majid such a personal question. If she’s curious about something like religion or attire, it’s better not to say anything at all. According to good business conduct, religion is a topic that should never be discussed in the workplace.
  •  Be sympathetic to Felicia. It wasn’t appropriate for Majid to react that way, especially as she was just trying to gain a better understanding. Tell Majid not to take things so seriously in the future.

It takes time and patience to commit to diversity in the workplace. Grasp the opportunity to learn – it’s all part of your cultural growth.

  •  Diversity makes us stronger as a company and helps provide a better place to work.
  •  You have a responsibility to support, contribute, and commit to uphold the principles to build a better workplace.
  •  You should take the time to actively learn about the different cultures, races, and backgrounds of your colleagues. Become familiar with diversity-related terminology, and look for similarities first, not differences.
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