As strange as it may seem, Black History Month is one of the hardest topics for me to speak about. Its a complicated topic about a still necessary educational tool. In the workplace, honoring it has always been an awkward addition, in part because its not an ethnic celebration revolving around food and fun.
Should is robably the most disliked word in any language. Its a word that speaks to human behavior, societal expectations, cultural norms. And its a word that is almost always at the crux of diversity issues and problems.
The nature of what I do for a living is that a lot of people ask me questions disguised as a diversity question. I deliberately use the word disguise because, more often than not, the question is an opinion about something mildly or greatly controversial, and the person wants to provoke a response or receive benediction of some sort.
One of the reasons that some people discount diversity and inclusion issues as a priority is because the concepts seem fuzzy. But values put into action should never seem unimportant or fuzzy. So the following are five New Years resolutions I would love to see people in workplaces all across the country commit to.
Clashing, disagreeing and jumping completely out of the box doesnt have to lead to chaos, discontent and lasting failure. Diversity of people and processes can be the start of something new and the re-creation of something better.