Join Catherine Mattice Zundel for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Managing Diversity.
- Before we get started on implementing diversity and inclusion in your workplace, I thought it was important to address a few things. First, you should know that the terms Managing Diversity and Inclusive Work Environment have different meanings. Managing Diversity generally refers to complying with the law, while an Inclusive Work Environment is created by choice. If you're creating an Inclusive Work Environment, then you are going above and beyond compliance, and you are celebrating diversity with strategic initiatives that require, budget, time, and resources.
Second, note that this course is focused on creating an inclusive work environment. It is not exclusively focused on how to be compliant with the law or helping you secure government contracts. The information in this course will help you in both of these areas, but you should speak to your attorney about compliance. And the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is a great resource for information about diversity in government contracting. With all that in mind, let's get started.
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.