Companies have been trying (and failing at) diversity training for 50 years

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Unconscious bias training is part of the effort many organizations made in 2020 but the practice is nothing new. Here, a brief history of the practice and evolution of diversity training. Nearly two years to the day after Starbucks shut down every single one of its 8,000 U.S. stores to give 175,000 employees a short course in racial-bias training in 2018, the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor sparked a national wave of protests against racial injustice. Read Full Story

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What companies are still getting wrong about DEI training (and how to fix it)

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The right approach to bringing more diversity, equity, and inclusion to your company is to be thoughtful and create a plan that gets training right but also goes beyond training. Here’s where to start. Last week, Coca-Cola, whose Twitter bio is a simple and warm “Everyone welcome,” found itself at the center of a telling diversity-related crisis. For those who missed it: A set of problematic slides from one of its DEI training sessions, leaked by one of its employees, asked the company’s workers to be “ less white “—with “white” equated to “oppressive,” “arrogant,” and “offensive,” among other things. As expected, Twitter went through the cycle of outrage, calls to boycott, and memes, which were followed by an explanation from Coca-Cola on how that content had found its way into their training in the first place. Read Full Story

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How to deal with emotional triggers in DEI training

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No one talks about the emotional fallout of DEI work. Here’s how to manage it. Jobs in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have increased by 71% over the last five years , and the work is gaining a foothold amongst leaders globally. But while discussions about anti-racism training, pay equity, and inclusive employee benefits are justifiably booming, a critical piece is still missing from the conversation: the emotional fallout of doing this work. Read Full Story

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This is the thing employees want most from their employers

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. . . and no, it’s not just a bigger paycheck. For the modern workforce, relationships, environment, and structure are no less important than the work itself. Increasingly, employees are more interested in a clear alignment and understanding of a company’s culture and values than they are in benefits like flexible working, training, access to tech, and even bigger paychecks . Read Full Story

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6 ways to show your boss you’re a high-potential employee

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Show your potential by making these simple, strategic moves. If you want to get ahead in the workplace, it helps to be seen as a “high-potential employee,” or HIPO. As reported previously in Fast Company , Gartner’s research finds that HIPOs exert 21% more effort than their non-HIPO peers and have a 75% chance of succeeding at roles that are critical to business performance and the future leadership pipeline. These are the folks who get plum assignments and are selected for training, mentoring, and other advancement programs, if they’re available. Read Full Story

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