Why Today’s Managers Need Sensitivity Training More than Ever

By |2024-07-05T17:27:56-04:00June 27th, 2024|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , , , |

Quoting that famous cartoon philosopher, Pogo, “We have met the enemy…and he is us.” When it comes to workplace culture, there has been a marked increase in rudeness and incivility over the past two decades. Blame it on a number of factors. Our increasingly polarized political climate, the pandemic and resulting years of social isolation, the digital blindness created by our social media platforms, and stress from overwork have all converged with other forces to create work environments that can be uncivil at best and, at worst, downright toxic.

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UCLA’s Spring Protests: Does Free Speech Mean Free Reign in a Respectful Society?

By |2024-06-27T14:43:17-04:00May 23rd, 2024|Categories: Respect Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In the spring of 2020, my senior year of high school was upended entirely by the COVID-19 pandemic. As I’m sure many remember, nobody knew during those first few days just how long we’d be stuck away from public spaces. A quick two-week break turned into three, then five weeks, then a year, and so on. We slowly returned to normal, but not until my entire graduating class had missed the chance for any kind of meaningful commencement ceremony.

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How to Breathe in the Eye of the Storm: Mindfulness Through the Gen Z Lens

By |2024-06-27T14:43:34-04:00May 1st, 2024|Categories: Change Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

For a period of about a week last spring, I thought that my entire life was falling apart. A particularly challenging organic chemistry final was mere days away, and the studying was starting to burn me out. Add a large dose of normal college FOMO, romantic woes, worries about the geopolitical state of the world at large and my brain all but quit on me.

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Why Sensitivity Training May Be the Next “New Thing” to Improve Your Work Culture

By |2024-07-05T18:15:21-04:00April 10th, 2024|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

The term and concept of "sensitivity training" emerged in the mid-20th century as a response to societal shifts and the growing awareness of social issues such as discrimination, prejudice, and inequality. Its direct roots can be traced back to Kurt Lewin, a German-born psychologist (later working for Cornell University and MIT) who developed the concept of group dynamics and pioneered the use of experiential learning methods in the 1940s.

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How to Design (or find) a Comprehensive Diversity Training Program

By |2024-07-05T17:28:42-04:00March 5th, 2024|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

Despite some of the recent pushback that has been in the news recently, diversity training is as crucial in today’s multicultural and globalized society as it’s ever been. Why? For the simple reason that it leads to a workplace culture better suited for getting things done.

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Why Focus on Respect? It Creates Efficiency, Engagement, and Inclusion!

By |2019-10-01T17:23:27-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , , , |

Part of practicing respect at work is being willing to invest time in each other for the purpose of increasing our awareness. By getting a better sense of what’s similar in our experiences and what’s unique, we eventually figure out what’s important to each other as well. This “court awareness” dramatically increases both our predictability around each other and our efficiency at getting work done.

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Diversity as a Noun…Inclusion as a Verb

By |2017-01-13T13:41:45-05:00November 16th, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , |

The unfortunate trend that has become overly apparent to me is that diversity has really just become a numbers game. Organizations are spending their resources trying to diversify their candidate pool, hire more diverse candidates, and do more in the underserved communities. My question is: what comes after “diversity”?

Using your Top Executives as Diversity and Inclusion Communicators

By |2017-01-13T13:41:50-05:00June 17th, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , |

Today’s executives are being asked to communicate their organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy to more diverse audiences and in a variety of cultural settings. The key to success is to properly brief your executive beforehand and ensure that they are comfortable with the content, see the business relevance of diversity and inclusion and feel that they can deliver a powerful and motivational message.

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On May 21, Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

By |2017-01-13T13:41:51-05:00May 21st, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

Breaking a concept as broad as diversity and inclusion up into digestible activities and finding something that can be relevant to an entire global workforce are keys to building and sustaining a successful diversity and inclusion initiative. The “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign is an excellent way to achieve this.

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What is a Respectful Workplace and How Do you Create One?

By |2017-01-13T13:41:51-05:00May 20th, 2015|Categories: Our Favorite Posts, Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , , |

The trend toward increased diversity in the American workforce isn’t good or bad, it’s just the way it is and the way it will be in the future. What will allow organizations to engage their diverse workforces and thrive amidst this demographic shift is simple. RESPECT.

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