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Diversity

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.

Per the Society for Human Resource Management:

"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."

Diversity & Inclusion News

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.

  1. Communicate appropriately, gearing messages for generational preferences.
  2. Create programs that encourage generations to work together and to share knowledge.
  3. Build diverse teams of all ages, gender, and cultures. These teams will learn to value and trust each other.
  4. Encourage leaders at all levels to be flexible in their management styles. Some generations want hands-off leaders, others want a more involved management style.
Resources:

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6609-multigenerational-workforce-challenges.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janice-celeste/how-to-manage-4-generatio_b_8125158.html

 

Diversity & Inclusion Update    

November

National Alzheimer's Disease Month, National Diabetes Month, National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Fun Days & Fun Facts

  • The name 'November' is believed to derive from 'novem' which is the Latin for the number 'nine'.
  • In the ancient Roman calendar November was the ninth month after March.
  • As part of the seasonal calendar November is the time of the 'Snow Moon' according to Pagan beliefs and the period described as the 'Moon of the Falling Leaves' by Black Elk."
  • People born around mid-November were conceived around Valentine's Day.

Birthstone: Topaz

Flower: Chrysanthemum

Recent Historical Events

  • The Erie Canal was formally opened in New York on November 4, 1825.
  • The Suez Canal opened on November 17, 1869.
  • Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.
  • The United States and Panama signed the treaty that provided for the Panama Canal on November 18, 1903.
  • The US and Canada celebrate the end of WWI every year on November 11, 1918.
  • After discovering debris-covered stairs, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his crew entered the four-room Egyptian tomb of 18-year-old King Tutankhamen on November 26, 1922.
  • The first mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel in the world, the Holland Tunnel, opened to traffic on November 13, 1927.
  • Commander Richard E. Byrd and crew of three became first to fly over the South Pole, November 29, 1929.
  • Parker Brothers introduced the world to the Monopoly game on November 5, 1935.
  • On November 18, 1963, Bell Telephone Company introduced to the public the push button phone.
  • John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.
  • The Reverend Jim Jones led over 900 of his followers to their death in a mass suicide, the largest in history, at Jonestown, Guyana, November 19. 1978.
  • On November 22, 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigned after 11 years in office, the longest term of any British Prime Minister in the 20th century.
  • The apartheid system in South Africa finally came to an end on November 1, 1995, with the first all-race government elections.

 

Diversity & Inclusion Events 

November 1: All Saints Day- is a remembrance of departed Christian people of any time and place. Many churches remember the persons in their congregations that have died during the previous year. Churches also celebrate Holy Communion in honor of the Christians who lived before them.

November 2: Day of the Dead- celebrates and honors the dead. According to Catholic belief, when people die, their souls go to one of three places: heaven, hell or purgatory, which is thought to be where most people end up being cleansed and perfected before they enter heaven. It is primarily a Catholic holiday, but it is also celebrated within a select few other Christian denominations.

November 3: Daylight Savings Times Ends- The first Sunday in November marks the end of Daylight Savings Time in the US. On this day, clocks are set back 1 hour, except for Hawaii and parts of Arizona which do not observe DST. 

November 9: Mawlid Un Nabi Starts- is celebrated in some countries as the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad is believed by Muslims to be God's last messenger to mankind.

November 10: Marine Corp Birthday

November 11: Veterans Day- seeks to honor and give thanks to all the men and women who have served and are serving in the US Armed Forces.

November 13: World Kindness Day- participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations.

November 16: International Day for Tolerance- seeks to promote tolerance, respect, appreciation and cooperation amongst the world's different cultures. Tolerance refers to the recognition and acceptance of looks, opinions, beliefs and practices that differ from one's own. Tolerance is considered the backbone of human rights and fundamental freedoms as people are naturally different. Tolerance allows mixed communities to thrive and ensures that all humans are equally important.

November 19: International Men’s Day- celebrates the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.

November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance- honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

November 21: Great American Smokeout- is an informal holiday aimed at encouraging citizens to quit or plan to quit smoking.

November 28: Thanksgiving Day- is a celebration of giving thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. It is a day of giving thanks to God for his many blessings and expressing our gratitude to friends and family members. It is celebrated in the United States.

November 29: Black Friday- is one of the busiest shopping days in the United States. It is marked by massive crowds and discounted prices that mean the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

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Diversity Resources:

SHRM Diversity Focus Area

http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/Diversity/Pages/default.aspx

SHRM Diversity Volunteer Resources Center

http://www.shrm.org/Communities/VolunteerResources/Pages/clas.aspx#div

Diversity Inc.

www.diversityinc.com

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

www.eeoc.gov

Equal Opportunity Publications

www.eop.com

Equal Pay for Working Women

www.aflcio.org/issuespolitics/women/equalpay/

Arkansas Diversity Council

www.arkansasdiversitycouncil.org

Diversity First Jobs

www.diversityfirstjobs.com

Diversity Best Practices

www.diversitybestpractices.com