Diversity Diva

Racial tensions, callous reactions an unnerving mix

Usually this column tries to give pragmatic, fair advice on how to deal with differences in the workplace. But these days my heart is heavy and my mind is clouded with the pains I see in our society as we clash. And clash hard. So I’d like to share some more personal thoughts on what these days look like from my vantage point. If there is any advice in it, maybe it’s just hearing someone else’s vulnerabilities.

Diversity Diva

For workplace peace, leave politics at the voting booth

Discrimination and harassment lawsuits based on illegal activity — as opposed to inadvisable behavior — are almost always based partly on conversations people were having in the workplace. People do a lot of talking at work. Here are a few tips to keep Election Day in the workplace from sounding like an annoying political commercial.

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Geographic stereotyping has its own pitfalls

It can put down a neighborhood, a state or a whole region, but it all boils down to the same thing — people who think they can make decisions about others based on the address their utility bills go to. In some cases, the comments based on address also can be code for something else.

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Sports has its own diversity lessons

The merits of playing by the rules and rewarding relevant talent are among the lessons a city with Royals fever might ponder. Everything has context — a time to play, a time to practice, a time to train, a time to rest. We could all stand to remember that.

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Male-female confidence gap worth examining

Employers and potential employers have more power than they think in helping to narrow the confidence gap between men and women in the workplace. And having employers, supervisors and co-workers examine their biases, and acknowledge women’s right to have as much confidence as men in the first place, is the first step.

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Ferguson raises issues that aren’t going away

What struck me most is that I found it easier to have a talk with this stranger about this powderkeg of an issue than I found it to talk to most of my friends. One of the reasons that we have trouble talking about these issues is that some of us don’t want to be uncomfortable, and others of us don’t want to be disappointed.

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