Should Employers Introduce Diversity Training in Workplace?
Equality and diversity training programs are becoming more and more important as diversity increases in work place. Most multinational organizations that have people on board from different backgrounds organize diversity training sessions on a regular basis as this not only reduces the chances of confrontation among different races and religions but also protects genders from harassment and discrimination.
The main goal of the diversity-training program in workplace is to create a positive image and an enhanced work environment that is tolerant to various cultures and open to social behavior among co-workers without the fear of harassment. This in turn increases the multiplicity in a workplace and increase productivity of teams working in the departments.
These programs can be implemented in a workplace in a number of ways. Many companies include these types of programs in the start of the new employee training sessions as part of the initial training process. However, the training can also be introduced for the regular employees of the company in ‘company meetups’.
For the employees to fully understand and comprehend diversity and equality, it is important to have regular trainings. This is irrespective of the program the management prefers. Another option is to introduce an online equality and diversity program right at the beginning of the new employee training sessions. This type of program can help the new employees adjust to the work place but also introduce them to the ethics and laws that they need to abide by.
Moreover, company policy can also be introduced with the online equality and diversity program as it will be better comprehended in that way. But the sessions need to be long-term, a one-time session for that purpose will not serve the results.
Whatever programs employers introduce in their workplace, few things need to be emphasized upon like the protection of the rights of all employees against discriminatory acts. That means all the country laws that protect individual employees from harassment and discrimination should be covered in the equality and diversity program. It should also be noted that many employees do not differentiate harassment from normal behavior. For that purpose, the training should also include such topics.
That said, during the equality and diversity-training program the consequences of harassment and discrimination for those who indulge in those acts as well as for those who do not speak up against them should be included. A clear note should also be sent that the discriminatory practices will not only be unfavorable for the individual but the workplace as a whole.
For the employer, the most important thing that he should remember is the responsibility of the work place. If any employee is observed indulging in discriminatory, harassing practice and he/she is not aware of the policies and laws against such practices employer will be held responsible not the employee.
If these types of practices are implemented strictly, the cases of discriminatory practices against gender, races and religions can sweep away quickly while paving way for workplaces to become social and productive.
To sum it all up it will be a positive and a welcoming step if the practices are initiated in the initial phase of the new employee-training program. Also of important to include is the workplace policies and government laws against harassment and discrimination in the work place. The workplace diversity training should also include long-term plans and multiple sessions after equal intervals.