Many companies and organizations are making conscious efforts to further workplace diversity. It’s equally important for these organizations to have an inclusive culture to ensure that diverse voices are appreciated and can thrive. A truly inclusive and diverse workplace is one where employees are appreciated and honored for their differences. When that trust and respect is established, new and creative ideas emerge. As a result, diverse teams are proven to be more innovative and inclusive companies more profitable.
How Diversity and Inclusion Drive Innovation highlights the opportunities that come from diversity in the workplace and building an inclusive culture. Harmony Strategies Group especially highlights:
- Strategies to honor diversity and ensure the workplace encourages exchanging/ sharing of ideas with leaders and peers
- The importance of self-reflection and sensitive language
- How to build a sense of autonomy through interactive activities
- How to engage with others who may seem different to you and learn about each other
Participants in this Diversity & Inclusion workshop come away with increased awareness around the importance of creating a diverse population, skills to become more inclusive, and practical guidelines to fostering innovation and creativity that drive workplace satisfaction and profitability.
Who should attend?
Organizations, Small Businesses, Corporations, Nonprofits, HigherEd, Schools and more, Potential partnership with HR/HCM offices, complement existing programs and help empower HR/HCM offices with this work.
- Perspective Taking vs. Perspective Getting Activity
- Opening up communication flow to increase collaboration
- Systems & “The Stranger” Activity: how people who aren’t like us can help us solve problems (utilizes the piece by Georg Simmel)
- Dialogue & Reflection: Scenarios where different perspectives are needed to help us succeed or work through problems
- Values Activity (builds consensus around shared interests in values, highlights what we have in common & connects us)
- MOU: Collaborative & Inclusive Culture→ activity will allow participants (stakeholders) to create a shared understanding and set an office culture expectation. [this can be kept an unofficial document or become an official MOU through HR]
Certification / Credits:
- Participants will recognize how they themselves can contribute to building an inclusive workplace culture that can drive innovation
- Participants will feel more confident in communicating their ideas & receiving feedback, turning their daily work into a productive place where collaboration is common practice for problem-solving and improving systems
- Understanding how to respect those who are different from us (including thought process) while also acknowledging that there is a lot shared (values, interests, jobs, etc.)
- Learn how to leverage curiosity about others in respectful ways by asking questions to appropriately cultivate learning about others within the office
- Learn how diversity helps us better understand challenges and problems, while also increasing the effectiveness of creative solutions (blindspots become exposed, solutions represent whole-istic systems approach, seeing things others don’t, etc.)