Why Employers are Increasing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts During a Pandemic
COVID-19 has presented new workplace learning challenges resulting from social distancing and stay-at-home orders. Even after such orders are lifted, companies may opt to keep employees working remotely.
To support distance learning needs, Diversity Builder, Inc. has reformatted its onsite training programs as webinars, added to its online class offerings, and continued to offer trainer-led employee live virtual coaching. Although office spaces are now located at employees’ homes, issues related to diversity and inclusion remain. Corporate and small business employers are investing in their employees through professional development, turning crisis into opportunity.
Diversity Builder has responded to work-from-home learning challenges by creating innovative eLearning content. The online class titled Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace features training on unconscious bias, the science of bias, and the role bias plays at work. Examples of bias types include gender, racial, affinity, and cultural.
This online learning platform opens opportunities to reach more employees with strategies to increase awareness and sensitivity to bias. The online diversity class equips employees and managers with workplace tools and actionable strategies to progress in cultural competency and inclusive practices.
Company CEO Rachel Stanton stated, “Now is the time to expand diversity efforts and to make inclusion intentional. Our company has restructured our training options to reach employees where they work using educational technology. Diversity and inclusion training contributes to employees feeling more valued, less isolated, and empowered to do their best work.”
Diversity Builder’s small group webinars offer a live solution to support employees and teams at home by building skills to better communicate with diverse groups, across cultures, and through the digital divide. Research has demonstrated that setting an expectation for change, establishing peer accountability, and building inclusive communication skills all contribute to positive workplace cultures.
Webinars support employee development in areas such as conflict resolution, team building, effective communication, cultural competency, and ADA compliance. Recently added topics include how to work from home effectively, managing virtual teams, and collaboration best practices.
Harassment prevention continues to be one of the top requested classes. Diversity Builder takes a far different approach to preventing harassment. The trainers structure the class with a positive approach focused on inclusive conversations and employee empowerment with a goal of creating an environment of safety where all employees can thrive. Diversity Builder has experience with required state-legislated training including California, New York, and others. The trainers have led in-person and webinar sessions on California’s Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct training set forth by SB 1343. Compliant online courses on state-regulated harassment prevention training are available in English and Spanish
Diversity Builder has added new eLearning courses to address workplace-at-home culture and employee wellness.
The entire catalogue includes hundreds of online courses including the following popular titles:
- Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
- Working from Home Effectively
- Managing Remote Employees
- Sexual Harassment Prevention
- Emotional Intelligence
Online classes are self-directed and can easily be integrated in a home environment. Scheduling is attractive for employers as the courses can be launched anytime, with stopping and starting options and full reporting capability. Courses can be hosted remotely or reside on the client’s Learning Management System (LMS).
Diversity Builder trainers are forging new learning paths to enable employees to cope and even excel during this pandemic.
About Diversity Builder, Inc.
Diversity Builder enhances workplace cultures through training and consulting that results in increased engagement, inclusion, diversity and equity. Online and onsite classes are designed to resolve unconscious bias, expand cultural competencies, and prevent sexual harassment.
Diversity Builder, Inc. is a certified Women-Owned Small Business and a member of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Learn more by visiting www.diversitybuilder.com.
About Diversity Builder, Inc.
Founded in 2003, Diversity Builder has developed into a prominent workplace training leader, producing high-impact results for the federal government, private sector, and non-profits spaces. Diversity Builder offers instructor-led training, online, and individual coaching in addition to inclusion consulting. Diversity Builder’s unique approach to instructor-led training has helped our clients successfully develop a lasting culture of inclusion along with reducing the risk of lawsuits and complying with federal, state, and local harassment prevention laws.
Contact Diversity Builder, Inc.
2821 Lebanon Road, #201