As you look at your training goals for the upcoming year, it’s wise to consider diversity and inclusion training if you haven’t recently completed this training in your organization. Though most people are familiar with the term, many don’t really understand what is included in diversity and inclusion training or why it is beneficial to your organization.
As your organization grows and your workforce becomes more diverse, it’s not unusual to find people avoiding interaction with people who are different from them, compared to the natural interaction they have with those that are more similar. This isn’t usually an indication of prejudice or malintent, but rather a lack of comfort in knowing how to approach the person, as well as a fear of unintentionally offending someone.
Diversity and inclusion training helps employees overcome this problem by providing education about diverse cultures. It also helps employees understand the best ways to ask cultural questions in a way that isn’t offensive. Finally, it confronts the stereotypes about different cultures and lifestyles, and how we all carry some unintentional bias within us about people who are very different from us.
Completing diversity and inclusion training within your organization can help improve employee communication. The training can also help employees to feel more comfortable with each other, helping to foster a greater sense of teamwork and increasing morale. Minority employees often feel a much greater level of acceptance in an organization that strives to promote inclusion at every level.
Talk with a consulting and training organization that specializes in diversity and inclusion training to find out the specifics of the training they provide and the expected benefits to your organization. As your employee base changes and grows, this training offers remarkable benefits in helping create an environment that is productive and welcoming for every employee.