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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

 

Veterans Day - November 11th, 2017

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

 

Diversity & Inclusion Update

Diversity & Inclusion Events

National Military Family Appreciation Month provides us an opportunity to celebrate the sacrifices and contributions that service members’ families have made and continue to make. Military families exemplify the courage and resolve that defines our national character. For their country and their loved ones, they rise to the challenge of multiple deployments and frequent moves. They are the force behind the force, patriots who support their family members in uniform while enriching the communities they call home.

What can you do?

  1. Say Thank You!
  2. Volunteer your time. Cut the grass. Snow blow their driveway – every time it snows.
  3. Donate to a veterans’ charity on their behalf.
  4. Provide job opportunities.
  5. Ask – “How can I Help”?
  6. Perform a random act of kindness for the family, while remaining anonymous.

 

Nov. 1 – All Saints’ Day is for honoring saints, known and unknown.

Nov. 2 – All Souls’ Day Catholic Christian’s day of prayers of intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls of the departed.

Nov. 10 – United States Marine Corps Birthday celebrates the establishment of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1775. The Marine Corps has earned a reputation as one of the toughest and most formidable fighting forces in the world. With over 200 years of service, the USMC’s history is long and storied.

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for our veterans.

Nov. 13 – World Kindness Day is a day to celebrate and promote kindness in all its forms.

Nov. 14 – World Diabetes Day raises awareness of diabetes and support those living with the disease.

Nov. 16 – International Day of Tolerance reminds all of us of the dignity and worth of every human being and encourages us to live together in peace. Bring awareness about dangers of intolerance and its implications in maintaining the peace among people. To promote more tolerance worldwide as it plays a crucial role in promoting peace, preventing mitigating the conflict.

Nov. 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance (LGBT) begun in 1999, vigils, services and a variety of other events are held to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Day is a great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. It is a time for families to meet, socialize and enjoy each other’s company and fellowship.

 

Fun Days

Nov. 2 – Men Make Dinner Day

Nov. 3 – Sandwich Day

Nov. 7 – Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

Nov. 12 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

Nov. 15 – Clean your Refrigerator Day

Nov. 17 – Take a Hike Day

Nov. 21 – World Hello Day

Nov. 23 – Eat a Cranberry Day

Nov. 23 – National Cashew Day

Nov. 24 – Black Friday (Shop A-hoy!)

Nov. 24 – All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day

Nov. 29 – Square Dance Day

Nov. 30 – Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day

 

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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