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the Human Resource Profession in Arkansas

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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.


Diversity & Inclusion Update    

November 2018 is Observed as:

  • National Diabetes Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Adoption Month
  • National Native American Heritage Month

November Birthstone:Topaz and Citrine

November Flower:Chrysanthemum

November Astrological Sign:Scorpio (till 21st) & Sagittarius (22nd ->)



Diversity & Inclusion Events 

Nov. 1 - All Saints Day - a saint is “one officially recognized especially through canonization as preeminent for holiness; one of the spirits of the departed in heaven; one of God’s chosen and usually Christian people; one eminent for piety or virtue.”

Nov. 2 - All Souls’ Day is a Christian day set aside to pray for those who have departed from this world.

Nov. 10- Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated on November 10th of every year to commemorate the day in which the Continental Marines were established. While this day has been celebrated by marines for almost 250 years, it wasn’t until the 1920s that it was celebrated as an official holiday and was given a little bit of pageantry – all thanks to Marine Corps Order 47.

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day (Observed Nov. 12) is a sacred American holiday that is often celebrated with somber remembrances and ceremonies that often revolve around speeches, playing of the National Anthem and the flying of the American flag. It is a day of the year where citizens can not only reflect on the service of those who have served in the Armed Forces, but also to thank them for said service.

Nov. 16 - International Day of Tolerance……………

“Tolerance is an act of humanity, which we must nurture and enact each in own lives every day, to rejoice in the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.” — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

Nov. 19 - International Men’s Day is a holiday which emphasizes the importance issues affecting males. These issues include dealing with the health issues that affect males, improving the relations between genders, highlighting the importance of male role models and promoting gender equality. This holiday is celebrated in over 70 countries – everywhere from Antigua through Zimbabwe.

Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving is an ancient holiday, as the purpose of these celebrations would be to express gratitude for a plentiful harvest. There is evidence supporting that these types of festivals have taken place in many parts of the world for hundreds if not thousands of years.

Nov. 27 - Giving Tuesday was created in 2012, to celebrate giving and charitable acts. Using the Internet and social media, this holiday is able to connect many different groups all over the world for the purpose of supporting service and giving back to not only the local community but also the world community as well. It is a holiday that is also known in Twitter parlance as #GivingTuesday and participants use that hashtag to not only bring attention to the cause they support but to also raise awareness about Giving Tuesday itself.

Nov. 30 - St. Andrew’s Day is a religious holiday which is celebrated on November 30th in Scotland as a bank holiday and all over the world as an observance – especially in countries in which Saint Andrew is the patron saint such as Barbados, Bulgaria, Columbia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Russia, Scotland and the Ukraine. Saint Andrew was the brother of Peter and is considered to be the first apostle.



Nov. 1 – World Vegan Day

Nov. 4 – Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov. 5 – Color the World Orange Day

Nov. 6 – Election Day

Nov. 7 – Diwali (Hindu Festival)

Nov. 10 –Science Day for Peace & Development

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day, Red Lipstick Day

Nov. 12 – National Pizza Day

Nov. 13 – World Kindness Day

Nov. 14 – World Diabetes Day, International Girls Day

Nov. 15 – Great American Smokeout, World Philosophy Day, America Recycles Day

Nov. 16 – Fast Food Day

Nov. 17 – National UnFriend Day

Nov. 18 – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Day, Mickey Mouse Birthday

Nov. 19 – World Toilet Day

Nov. 20 – Mawlid Un Nabi, Black Consciousness Day

Nov. 21 – World Television Day

Nov. 23 – Black Friday, Espresso Day

Nov. 24 – Small Business Saturday

Nov. 26 – Cyber Monday

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Diversity Resources:

SHRM Diversity Focus Area

SHRM Diversity Volunteer Resources Center

Diversity Inc.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Equal Opportunity Publications

Equal Pay for Working Women

Arkansas Diversity Council

Diversity First Jobs

Diversity Best Practices