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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    

Diversity & Inclusion Events

May 3 – National Day of Prayer is an annual observance day which is observed on the first Thursday in the month of May. On this day, Americans are encouraged to give thanks and to turn to God in prayer and peaceful meditation.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo 2018 is a celebration that is observed, yearly, on May 5. It is a day that commemorates the Mexican army's victory, on May 5, 1862, over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In the United States Cinco de Mayo 2018 has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture but should not be confused with Mexico's Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16.  

May 8 – Teacher's Day

May 13 – Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May. It is a day that commemorates motherhood and appreciates all mothers and mother-figures (including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers) as well as their contribution to society. 

May 16 – Ramadan is a religious holiday which lasts a whole month and one in which participants practice personal introspection, prayer and fasting.

May 19 – Armed Forces Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day dedicated to paying tribute to men and women who currently serve in the United States' armed forces. Additionally, Armed Forces Day 2018 forms part of Armed Forces Week. It should be noted, that because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in the month of May. 

May 20 – Shavuot a religious holiday which takes place on the sixth day of the month of Sivan. This holiday pays homage to the anniversary of when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel atop Mount Sinai. From the second day of Passover to the day before Shavuot is a period of great anticipation of Jews. This period of waiting, which is approximately seven weeks, is a reminder of first being freed from physical bondage (from Egypt) to eventually being freed from spiritually bondage by receiving the Torah from God and learning of his laws.

May 21 – Pentecost also known as White Sunday, is a religious holiday that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus Christ and also recognizes the day that the church was established. 

May 28 – World No Tobacco Day formally known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday observed yearly on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2018 is a day that commemorates all men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America. 

May 31 - National Volunteer Day is observed all over the world on May 31st, a day when people are encourage to abstain from all tobacco products for a period of 24 hours. The purpose of this day is to not only encourage people to quit using cigarettes and other tobacco products, but also to raise awareness about the health related problems associated with using tobacco.


Fun Days

May 1 - Mother Goose Day

May 2 - Brothers and Sisters Day

May 3 - Garden Meditation Day

May 4 - Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you.)

May 5 - National Hoagie Day

May 6 - National Nurses Day

May 7 - National Tourism Day

May 8 - No Socks Day

May 9 - Lost Sock Memorial Day

May 10 - Clean up Your Room Day

May 11 - Eat What You Want Day

May 12 - Birth Mother’s Day

May 13 - Leprechaun Day

May 14 - Dance Like a Chicken Day

May 15 - Police Officer’s Memorial Day

May 16 - Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17 - Pack Rat Day

May 18 - Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19 - Boy’s Club Day

May 20 - Pick Strawberries Day

May 21 - National Waiters and Waitresses Day

May 22 - Buy a Musical Instrument Day

May 23 - Lucky Penny Day

May 24 - National Escargot Day

May 25 - National Missing Children’s Day

May 26 - International Jazz Day

May 27 - Sun Screen Day

May 28 - National Hamburger Day

May 29 - Composting Day

May 30 - Water a Flower Day

May 31 - National Macaroon Day

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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