Diversity in Today's Workplace

Diversity in Today's Workplace


July 12, 2011


Scholarly Activity Role: 
Organization Name: 
The ArdLen Group
Role or Title within the Organization: 
Senior Consultant




Diversity as a concept focuses on a broader set of qualities than race and gender. In the context of the workplace, valuing diversity means creating a workplace that respects and includes differences, recognizing the unique contributions that individuals with many types of differences can make, and creating a work environment that maximizes the potential of all employees.  In addition, valuing customer diversity is based on demonstrating respect for, and understanding customer differences and the impact of stereotypes and prejudice on effective workplace interactions.


Who Should Attend


Managers, team leaders, senior managers, project managers and other professionals who are in leadership roles. Team members who work on diverse teams. HR practitioners who lack formal training, non-HR specialists who recruit, interview and/or hire as part of their jobs, and long-time HR practitioners who want to reinforce or update their skills


Learning Objectives


This workshop is structured to provide the opportunity for growth and development in the area of working effectively in a diverse workplace. The content and exercises are designed to provide participants with the skills to:


•         Identify workplace issues that arise from cultural differences

•         Develop strategies to break down communication barriers

•         Learn the principles of mutual respect

•         Develop a cooperative approach to working together


Workshop Design


Using a combination of content delivery and experiential designs, this workshop will provide participants the opportunity for discussion and activities to reinforce effective meeting facilitation concepts. The basic structure of the workshop includes:


  • Exercises to provide hands-on experience
  • Discussions in small groups and dyads, as well as, with the full group
  • The opportunity to practice and obtain constructive feedback about meeting facilitation skills
  • Feedback and discussion of real-life meeting issues


We will begin each section with a short presentation of the concepts and move quickly into appropriate activities and small group discussions.  You will be given the opportunity to work with a diverse group and gain a variety of perspectives. To obtain the fullest benefit from the workshop, complete the following preparation before attending the workshop.