Diversity & Inclusion Webinars

Today’s tech-enabled work environment breaks down barriers of distance, country, culture, and language. As we move toward a workforce that’s more representative of our diverse world, it’s vital that employees have an appreciation for and an understanding of the many perspectives, experiences, cultures, and references that comprise this landscape. With our cultural diversity and cultural competence webinars, you can discover ways to improve empathy, communication, and collaboration across your workforce.

Featured Webinars

Diversity is Essential for a Successful Workplace

Multiple studies have revealed that a diverse workplace yields more success — with happier employees and better finances. The hiring costs that result from high turnover can prevent company success. Devaluing and excluding employees because they are different places limitations on their contributions and ability to grow, as well as preventing the company from thriving. […]

The Challenge of Global Diversity: Cross Cultural Competence for a Rapidly Shrinking Planet

For every car GM sold in China in 2004, it sold 10 in the United States. By 2009, sales in China equaled those in the US. Rapid economic growth in Brazil, Indonesia, China, and India will add a billion new consumers clamoring for goods and services from around the world over the next decade. With […]

What Does Cultural Competence Look Like?

In a culturally competent workplace, employees are sensitive to and aware of cultural differences and how they affect thinking, behavior, and interactions. The goal of training on this complex subject is a to create a workforce that doesn’t just know about cultural variations but also appreciates those differences and understands their value.

How to Start the Conversation

Cultural competence is a continuous dialogue and process. Here are some ways to get the conversation started:

Create a shared, collaborative calendar for all employees to contribute to that makes everyone aware of global holidays and those specific to different cultures and religions. For example, while Christmas and Thanksgiving may lie at the heart of Christian-centric American culture, holidays like Yom Kippur, Diwali, and Eid Al-Fitr are canonical to large groups of people all over the world. Keeping this calendar is a great way to show employees that you respect their important holidays.

Creating opportunities for employees to network, connect, and share common ground outside of job-specific subjects helps build stronger connections and encourages individuals to bring their full selves to their jobs. Employee Affinity Groups help people who share common cultures and backgrounds connect and celebrate their individuality. It also encourages others to experience a new culture and identity, creating organization-wide conversations.

Stay up to date on diversity training trends, share information about culture, and regularly engage in cultural competency workshops. It may also be helpful to create an online platform where employees can share the latest news as it pertains to their unique identity. This is a great way to foster an organic dialogue where people feel comfortable sharing more of themselves and their backgrounds.

As an organization, hold yourself accountable for embedding cross-cultural exchanges and promoting diversity in all facets. From the start, work with employees to create KPIs for diversity and inclusion success, such as: holding four cultural events per year, starting six employee affinity groups, aiming for 9/10 employee satisfaction metrics, etc. You can make this an ongoing conversation by sending out regular surveys that allow employees to give feedback and provide suggestions. Remember, this is all about inclusion. The more employees can feel included, heard, and valued, the more satisfaction and engagement you’re likely to see.

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With free HRDQ-U cultural competence and diversity webinars, you can create a culture of empathy and bolster morale, productivity, and employee retention. These are lessons employees can take outside of their jobs into an increasingly diverse world as well!

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Archived Webinars

Diversity Works: An Interactive Exploration into Diversity Awareness

The need for businesses to create an inclusive environment and support workplace diversity are more important than ever. In this one- hour webcast, learn how to create conversations that matter! Attend this session for an overview of Diversity Works and have a chance to ask the designer questions about how this unique, interactive, and learner-centered workshop can work for you.

How Global Leaders Think: Development Strategies from New Research

In a complex world, being a leader is about more than just what you think; it’s about how you think. Join expert Ann Herrmann-Nehdi in this engaging, interactive webinar will take you inside the data, collected for the newly updated Whole Brain Business Book, and show you how to apply the findings to build your leaders’ thinking agility to meet new business realities

Three Myths About Diversity

Diversity is one of the most misunderstood topics in organizations today. Many people have heard the term but don’t know what it really means so they ask questions like: “Isn’t Diversity required by the EEOC?” Or, “Isn’t Diversity Human Resources’ responsibility?” Or, “Diversity is part Affirmative Action – right?” The answer to all three of these questions is “No.” But they are helpful to ask because they illustrate some of the myths that are perpetuated about diversity.