Approaches to diversity have changed, but there is one constant: a desire to know whether training really changes people. So, we decided to initiate a landmark study to find out with help from two clients—a major health system and a prominent university.
In the workplace, just like society, there is an unconscious bias that favors men. It is not typically the direct fault of leaders today rather it was inherited from those who established corporate America in the past. This is known as ‘second generation bias’—something passed down to us. Because of this phenomenon, hiring quotas alone will never resolve gender inequality in the workplace. Putting a woman in an executive position under these conditions is often just setting her up for failure. The problem is much deeper than simply increasing female representation in senior roles. What needs to change is centuries of brain conditioning—for both men and women.
No one who is straight, or who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth, knows what it’s like to face misunderstanding, unfairness, and ridicule over their sexual orientation or gender identity – so I don’t pretend to speak for the LGBT community. But I can lend my support by telling how I overcame my own heterosexism and homophobia, in hopes of helping others learn to overcome theirs.
One diversity issue that is particularly challenging and complex is religious diversity. Every single person who enters your workplace has an opinion about religion—sometimes a very strong one. So a lot of workplaces choose to ignore the subject completely to avoid potential controversy. But since being religious, or spiritual, is so important to the vast majority of the American population, do we actually increase the risk of offending coworkers and customers by remaining ignorant?
the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team just won the World Cup (again). They are unquestionably the most dominant and successful woman’s team in soccer. Despite their achievements they are paid significantly less than players on the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team–who didn’t even qualify for the last World Cup. When they won the game fans weren’t chanting “U-S-A”, they were chanting “Equal Pay”.