Diversity in organizations, while it has improved in the last 70 years, is still less than ideal. A recent study by the EEOCLinks to an external site. has shown that despite changes in the law, changes in our cultural values and norms, and a wealth of money spent by organizations on training, that harassment based upon our diverse characteristics (sex including sexual orientation, pregnancy, and gender identity), race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, and/or genetic information) still happens with far too regular frequency. As a result, the EEOC has developed a training called “Respect in the Workplace” which “incorporate the report’s recommendations on compliance, workplace civility, and bystander intervention training.” The goal of the training is to have a real impact on workplace culture.
- Tying together what we have learned about organizational and behavioral change, communication, and leadership, discuss in 250-350 words how you would work as a leader in your organization in teaching others to value diversity and treat each other with respect in the workplace.