Imagine, for a minute, a workplace where everyone is the same. All of the workers are of the same ethnicity, gender, educational background, and socioeconomic standing. With a team full of people essentially cut from the same cloth, where do the new ideas come from? How will the company ever be able to see things from a different point of view? Without diversity in the workplace, companies run the risk of becoming monocultural organizations that see things from a very limited perspective. The effects of this are far-reaching, right down to the company's bottom line. Establishing diversity in the workplace is not limited to laws that pertain to the hiring of women and minorities. Nor is it limited to managing or even honoring differences between people, but rather, it is about taking those differences and putting them to work in the best possible way for both the good of the company and for the good of the worker. This course will take a closer look at diversity initiatives in the workplace and what makes them matter. One lesson will look at the history of diversity programs and how they've evolved over time. It will debunk many of the common myths associated with the concept of workplace diversity and it will explore the compelling reasons that make it necessary in today's business climate. Another lesson will explore the far-reaching implications of diversity initiatives on business. It will examine the ways in which diversity within organizations, or lack of it, touches every aspect of the business, right down to the bottom line. Additionally, it will explore the ways in which diversity in the workplace brings outstanding benefits, not only to organizations, but to workers, as well. This SkillSoft product has been reviewed by the Employment Practice Group of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green. As of the date reviewed, the content of this course is in compliance with federal law and court decisions. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the law, information in this course may become outdated.
Employees, managers, and executives seeking an overview of diversity in the workplace