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.
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Astrological Signs: Pisces: February 18 – March 20
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Books of Interest
Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts.
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony by Geoffrey C. Ward.
In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules by Karen Karbo.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore.
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt.
Women’s Letter: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present edited by Lisa Grunwald & Stephen J. Adler.
Mint Chocolate Grahams
1 Sleeve of graham crackers, broken into quarters ¼ C. of Wilton Green candy melts
½ C. of Wilton Mint Chocolate candy melts 1 small sandwich bag
1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or foil.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the Mint Chocolate in 30 second increments stirring after every 30 seconds. Once melted let cool 12 minutes.
3. Dip the graham crackers one at a time in the chocolate and completely cover, lift out with a fork and let the excess chocolate drip into the bowl. Lay on the cookie sheet. Repeat with all other graham crackers.
4. Place in fridge for 15-20 minutes to set. Once the grahams are set, microwave the green chocolate in a microwave safe fowl for 30 second increments stirring every 30 seconds.
5. Let cool 2-3 minutes once it is melted. Taking a tablespoon, scoop the melted green chocolate into a sandwich bag.
6. Make a small snipon the corner so that a small amount of chocolate with flow out.
7. Taking the sandwich bag with green chocolate slowly ‘stripe’ the graham crackers one at a time.
8. Once done, put in the fridge to set.
March 1 Employee Appreciation Day is a secular holiday in the USA and Canada, which is annually celebrated on the first Friday in March. This holiday was established in 1995 by Bob Nelson, a board member of the Recognition Professionals International, previously National Association for Employee Recognition. Employee Appreciation Day was created for all companies as the day, when bosses can thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. Really good people are very hard to find, that’s why using all manners and techniques to boost the staff is more efficient, than spending money on constant training of new people.
March 5 Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Tuesday) is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent, which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those (including Louisiana) where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.
March 6 Ash Wednesday The name of the day comes from the custom that churchgoers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ash to symbolize death and regret for past sins. The priest will accompany the marking with a recital of Genesis 3:19 - "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return". The tradition of marking with ashes began in the early church as a way for persistent sinners to outwardly show their desire for repentance. By the end of the 10th century, the custom had spread to all the faithful.
March 8 International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
March 10 Daylight Savings Begins Benjamin Franklin takes the honor (or the blame, depending on your view of the time changes) for coming up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months as a way to conserve energy, according to David Prerau, author of "Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time" (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005). By moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight rather than wasting energy on lighting. At the time, Franklin was ambassador to Paris and so wrote a witty letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784, rejoicing over his "discovery" that the sun provides light as soon as it rises.
March 17 St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick was born in Britain as Maewyn Succat. At age 16 (around A.D.400), he was kidnapped from his home on the west coast and carried off to Ireland to become a slave who worked as a shepherd. After six years, he escaped; upon returning home, he received his call (in a dream) to preach the Gospel. He spent the next 15 or so years in a monastery, preparing for his missionary work. When he became a priest, his name was changed to Patricius, and eventually, Patrick. Although some Christians lived in Ireland at the time, it was Patrick who spread Christianity throughout the land and brought an organized church into existence.
March 20 March Equinox marks the first day of spring. Many cultures around the world celebrate the whole day as the March equinox. However, in reality, the equinox occurs at a specific moment in time when the Sun crosses the celestial equator, the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s Equator, from south to north. At this moment, Earth’s axis is tilted neither away from nor towards the Sun, but is rather perpendicular to the Sun's rays.
March 21 Purim The story of the joyous holiday of Purimmight appear somber at first glance: It tells of the near-destruction of the Jewish people as decreed by Haman, an adviser to the Persian King Ahasuerus. However, Ahasuerus’ newly crowned queen, Esther — who replaced Vashti when she was thrown out of the kingdom — is secretly a Jew. Due to her courage and her eventual role in saving the Jews, the story of Purim is known as “Megillat Esther,” or the Scroll of Esther.
March 29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 establishes the day as a national observance. However, it is not an official holiday in any part of the United States. All across the United States, commemorative events like wreath-laying ceremonies, speeches, and luncheons are held to mark the occasion. Typical venues include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, war veteran medical facilities, and military cemeteries.
March 31 International Transgender Day of Visibility Transgender people come from all walks of life — we are moms and dads, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. We are your coworkers and your neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and we are 70-year-old grandparents. A diverse community representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds. International Transgender Day of Visibility is honored every year on March 31 and is a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination Trans people still face.
March 1 Peanut Lovers Day
March 4 Hug a GI Day
March 5 Mardi Gras
March 6 National Frozen Food Day
March 10 Middle Name Pride Day
March 12 Girl Scouts Day
March 14 National Potato Chip Day
March 15 Dumbstruck Day
March 16 National Quilting Day
March 19 Tea for Two Tuesday
March 20 National Agriculture Day
March 21 Credit Card Reduction Day
March 25 Waffle Day
March 29 Smoke & Mirrors Day
March 30 I Am in Control Day