Join Catherine Mattice Zundel for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Managing Diversity.
- Creating a diverse work culture is a very important part of competing in today's global economy. If you get this right, it can really change the game for you and your company. I really want to encourage you to stick with this for the long haul. Be creative, use your employees to help you come up with ideas. Keep the lather, rinse, repeat motto in mind. Try things out, revise them as needed and try them again. If you'd like to learn more about creating diverse work cultures, here are a few additional resources I encourage you to check out.
Forbes' 20 page article about how diversity increases innovation and helps you attract and retain top talent. DiversityInc.com for case studies and articles about diversity. A sample strategic plan from the Center for Assocation Leadership. The book The Fruits of Inclusion: A Smart Business Guide to Creating a Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion Program by Linda Burrs. Or Managing Diversity: Toward a Globally Inclusive Workplace by Michalle Mor Barak. These and other resources are included in the exercise files for this course.
Congratulations on completing the course. Remember, creating a culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion is a process that takes time. If you stick with the principles we went over in in this course, you'll be on your way to making your organization a great place to work.
She outlines a process for creating a strategic plan and benchmarks for success. To bring your plan to life, she provides tips for implementing a diversity policy, recruiting and hiring, and asking diversity-related questions during interviews. (Compliance issues are also discussed along the way.) Catherine also explains how to integrate diversity within the performance management processes, including measuring employees on their ability to work well with others and measuring managers on their ability to drive and implement diversity initiatives.
Last, she covers "people practices," such as improving communication through open-door policies and ensuring work-life balance accommodates employees' lives and family responsibilities. When you're faced with organizational challenges, such as resistance to change, prejudice, or fear, Catherine provides tools to address them head-on.
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