As Human Resources professionals, we have an important role in creating an environment where diversity is valued. We are responsible for monitoring and ensuring the integration of diversity in our workplaces. By doing so, we will witness strengthened workplaces, enhanced employee productivity and reduced litigation risks.
The ARSHRM diversity program’s purpose is to affirm diversity awareness amongst its affiliated chapters and within the state of Arkansas. Each affiliate chapter is responsible for at least one diversity-oriented program per year.
"To celebrate diversity is to appreciate and value individual differences. SHRM strives to be the leader in promoting workplace diversity. Although the term is often used to refer to differences based on ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin and sexual orientation, diversity encompasses an infinite range of individuals’ unique characteristics and experiences, including communication styles, physical characteristics such as height and weight, speed of learning and comprehension."
Dealing with diversity in the workplace means understanding and relating effectively with people who are different from you. The ability for a diverse group of people to build strength and unity through their diversity is the power that propels organizations into new dimensions of performance. Discussions of workplace diversity tend to start with the topics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Indeed, organizations that want to thrive in the future will need to have employees and managers who are aware of and skilled in dealing with differences along these identity lines.
Another slice of diversity that is not always included in typical diversity discussions, however, is generational diversity. In any large organization, you are bound to find divisions, units, or work teams where five distinct generations are working side by side. Important differences have been identified between these generations in the way they approach work, work/life balance, employee loyalty, authority, and other important issues. For those reasons, an individual’s age is one of the most common predictors of differences in attitudes and behaviors. Different communication styles and work habits can create misunderstanding between coworkers, leading to conflict and disengagement.
These tips will help to create common ground among generations, but organizations are encouraged to develop policies and programs that will help meet each generation’s unique needs and expectations.
National Mentoring Month
Launched in 2002, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors. It exhibits how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits —can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.
Follow #MentorIRL and #MentoringMonth on social media to keep up with National Mentoring Month activities and updates.
Fun Days & Fun Facts
Astrological Signs: Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
Get Organized Month. Clap 4 Health Month
Book Blitz Month. Mail Order Gardening Month
California almond cake
16 ounces almond paste8 ounces soft butter12 ounces sugar
3 ½ ounces triple sec6 ounces fresh eggs4 ounces all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powderadd powdered sugar for dusting
Cream together the almond paste, soft butter, and sugar using the paddle attachment. Slowly add the triple sec and the eggs. Do not over-mix!
Sift together the flour and the baking powder. Add to above and mix only until blended. Generously brush soft butter into 9–inch diameter cake mold and dust with flour. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50–60 minutes.
Allow to cool and turn out. Save in the cooler until ready to use. Cut into 12–16 slices and dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Jan. 1 New Year’s Day marks the start of a new year on the Georgian calendar. The Georgian calendar was first introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 and began to be used in Britain and its colonies in 1751. It is a solar calendar which maintains synchrony with the tropical year. This holiday is celebrated every year on January 1st.
Jan. 4 World Braille Day celebrates the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the reading and writing system used by millions of blind and partially sighted people all over the world. Though not a public holiday in any country, World Braille Day provides an opportunity for teachers, charities and non-government organizations to raise awareness about issues facing the blind and the importance of continuing to produce works in Braille, providing the blind with access to the same reading and learning opportunities as the sighted.
Jan. 9 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was founded in 2015 to thank officers across the country for all the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Concerns of Police Survivors, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chief of Police, the Officer Down Memorial Page, Law Enforcement United, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, International Conference of Police Chaplains, National Troopers Coalition only name a few of the long list of organizations supporting inaugural day of National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Day. Since then, nationwide many more organizations have joined forces to support National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) to spread encouragement and respect to these dedicated men and women.
Jan. 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. Today, there are between 21-30 million people enslaved in the world, more than at any time in human history. Every day, modern slavery can be recognized: children become soldiers, young women are forced into prostitution and migrant workers exploited in the workforce. Human Trafficking Awareness Day seeks to end this slavery, return rights to individuals and make the world a safer place for all inhabitants.
Jan. 16 National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly's adoption of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. This vital document became the basis for the establishment clause, and led to freedom of religion for all Americans as protected in the religion clause in the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment. Religious Freedom Day is officially proclaimed on January 16 each year by an annual statement by the President of the United States. This day is commemorated by the First Freedom Center in Richmond, Virginia by an annual First Freedom Award banquet.
Jan. 20 US: World Religion Day is an observance initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in January each year. Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally. Described as a "Bahá'í-inspired idea that has taken on a life of its own", the origins of World Religion Day lie in the Bahá'í principles of the oneness of religion and of progressive revelation, which describe religion as evolving continuously throughout the history of humanity. The purpose of World Religion Day is to highlight the ideas that the spiritual principles underlying the world's religions are harmonious, and that religions play a significant role in unifying humanity.
Jan. 21 US: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.
Jan. 21 Tu B’Shevat, The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. Commonly known as Tu Bishvat, this day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. We mark the 15th of Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. On this day we remember that “man is a tree of the field”, and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue.
Jan. 3 Festival of Sleep Day
Jan. 4 National Spaghetti Day
Jan. 6 Cuddle-Up Day, Epiphany
Jan. 9 National Take the Stairs Day
Jan. 10 Peculiar People Day
Jan. 15 National Hat Day
Jan. 16 National Nothing Day,
Jan. 17 Ditch the Resolutions Day
Jan. 19 National Popcorn Day
Jan. 20 National Buttercrunch Day
Jan. 21 National Hugging Day
Jan. 23 National Pie Day
Jan. 28 Fun at Work Day
Jan. 31 Backward Day