DIVERSITY OF IDEAS AT WORK
These days most people think of diversity in terms of race or ethnicity. While it is important to have individuals from different cultures, the real value is in their diversity of thought. Debate, discussion, and discourse are what develop and improve ideas.
You want your workplace to be filled with people who see the world in different ways but know how to collaborate with one another. If everyone looks different but thinks the same way, you're going to get the same results.
The philosophers of old were able to develop their ideas and viewpoints by testing them through debate and discussion. This open dialogue creates a spirit of growth and collaboration. Ideas should be challenged, not feared or avoided. Because of this, it is important to develop a workplace that encourages and supports a safe environment to express and refine ideas, not suppress them.
If someone has a misguided perspective on an issue, it is important to let them say it. Then you can offer a counterpoint. If you never let them speak in the first place or make them feel that they aren't free to speak, you deny them the opportunity to learn.
Silencing opposition is what tyrants do, and it does not encourage or inspire workers. It oppresses them. Make sure your employees feel free to disagree with you, even if they are wrong.
It may seem counterintuitive, but listening to an opposing viewpoint will gain you respect in the eyes of the person expressing it. This is especially true if you can remain humble and respectful.
That's not to say you have to agree with them, of course. But providing a chance for your employees and coworkers to freely express their thoughts and concerns is essential to developing and sustaining a productive and positive workplace.
A workforce should be, first and foremost, a team. A team works together to achieve a common goal. These goals should be clearly stated and communicated by leadership. Once the goals are established, there should be a plan to achieving them. If you need help developing a program to encourage more workplace collaboration, contact us at Rennaissance Management and Training Solutions.
HUMAN RESOURCE TRAINING
HR has become an increasingly complicated task. The world seems to be simultaneously increasing in awareness and sensitivity. This means that diversity in the workplace must be carefully considered. In a world of cancel culture, one wrong word could end your career. It is always best to be prepared and understand how to communicate in a way that doesn't trigger anyone. This keeps everyone happy and your company out of legal trouble.
We provide a common-sense approach to improving human relationships. This includes relationships inside the workplace and externally with clients or customers. We train managers and employees about professional co-existence in a world where many different races, genders, cultures and belief systems come together. We work to help you learn to be more sensitive in your words and deeds and how others may perceive them. This applies to everyone from the CEO to the customer. No matter where you are, we can provide insight from our human resource training.