Today’s corporate workplace must continuously evolve and adapt to new cultural and societal norms. And with employees of varying race, ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, political views, ages, and sexual orientation, organizations must seriously consider and develop their Diversity and Inclusion training programs.
Corporate environments (whether in a commercial, financial, high-tech, manufacturing, non-profit, retail or any other sector) will change forever due to the modern day pandemic. Team meetings, corporate functions, even how employees communicate with each other will be approached with new strategies and tools focused on keeping individuals safe, and as a result, leaning more on virtual environments. In fact, virtual meetings and online learning, once unheard of for some organizations, has now become embraced by many corporate organizations as a reality to move past the current pandemic and forward into the 4th industrial revolution.
“One could say that a positive take away from disaster is its recurring ability to turn something once viewed as impossible into an accepted aspect of a new reality.” As the author in this piece by Forbes claims, today’s leaders are looking at how they move their teams forward in a completely different way. They are now accepting extensive work-from-home schedules and online meetings and training that before the COVID-19 pandemic were considered impossible and almost shunned upon.
Another societal norm unique to today’s workplace is its reach across so many generations. In a time when companies are seeing employees from Traditionals (born 1900-1945) to Generation Z (1997-2015), this Five Generation Workforce requires D&I training that resonates with each age group and addresses issues surrounding their day to day interactions and challenges.
A recent Executive Summary done by the Society for Human Resource Management, entitled “Harnessing the Power of a Multigenerational Workforce” looks at the challenges and benefits to a multigenerational workforce stating that, “Even with these demographic trends, workplaces are experiencing issues with successfully integrating, using, and valuing older workers. Organizations are also challenged by the negative perceptions that generations have of one another, which is creating tension in the workplace.”
Understanding our differences will be an important aspect to how successful we are in building teams in the new corporate environment. Leaders will need to provide the tools that are customized to meet the needs of each employee based on their inherent strengths and differences.
Through courses like Exploring Unconscious Bias, that provides an overview around the concept of unconscious bias and the impact it has on building and retaining a diverse and inclusive workplace; and Inclusive Leadership, that discusses the essential steps of becoming more open and aware of inclusiveness in the workplace, individuals working in a Corporate environment can learn the aspects needed to understand each other difference and gain knowledge necessary to work together in an atmosphere that is inclusive to all.
Multi-generational teams within organizations can also benefit from course like Effective Sponsorship Across Difference for Sponsors and Effective Sponsorship Across Difference for Protégés covering the importance of an organization’s ability to cultivate diverse people on every level of the company through sponsorship. These courses and more can be found on our e-learning platform TVMCU.com.