Everybody wants inclusion … so why are we so polarized?

first_imgThis is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… As we watch the dust settle on the 2020 Presidential election, I am hyperaware of the extreme polarization that exists in America and in our workplaces. Over the past eight months, I have studied and written on the impact of Covid-19 on inclusive workplaces. It involved looking at the necessity of credit unions to provide remote work options, acknowledging the need for managers to be intentionally inclusive during uncertain times, and exploring how Covid might impact women’s professional gains and what employers could do to help.As the year has stretched on, my research and work with clients has piqued my curiosity even further about an increasing sense of polarization and the realization that the workplace is not free from this division—despite so much recent attention on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.Just looking at one current event—the Presidential election—the potential for division in the workplace is apparent. A 2019 study from the Society of Human Resources Management found that 42% of respondents personally experienced political disagreements in the workplace, and over one-third do not feel their workplace is inclusive of differing political perspectives. If we are hoping this gets better after the election, we might learn from 2016: An American Psychological Association survey showed that after that election, American workers experiencing negative outcomes related to discussing politics at work rose from 27% to 40%, reporting issues like reduced productivity and increased hostility. Why—despite increased awareness of the value of inclusion and understanding others—are we still so polarized? And, many of you may be asking, why must organizations shoulder the burden of helping people overcome this division? Possibly, the answer lies in the necessity of building trust in the workplace. As humans, we have evolved to survive; however, most of the time the target audience of my writing—organizational leaders—are more likely focused on thriving rather than surviving. Day-to-day, there are few fight-or-flight triggers and very little need to be surrounded by a tribe of likeminded individuals keen on preserving our way of life.At least it was that way until a global pandemic pushed the population into a survivalist mode and a scarcity mindset. In March 2020, the world became very dangerous. Others’ decisions and attitudes threatened lives and livelihoods. There was scarcity—of protective equipment, of toilet paper, of food, and of time as people attended to work and remote learning and emergency preparedness. In a place of scarcity, people become defensive, working to protect themselves, their families, and their way of life. When their ideas for protection are threatened by other ways of thinking that contradict their carefully crafted survival strategies, the response is defensive. It drives a strong sense of us vs. them thinking, defining the other as a dangerous threat. This idea of the “other” has been a long-standing obstacle to inclusion. Understanding the “other” (and the reality that to someone, each one of us is the “other”) is a key reason that effective workplace DEI integration strategies start with work that expands personal awareness of what has shaped individuals. Today, rather than understand the “other,” many people are able to simply avoid the threats of “others,” though. There is no need to engage in meaningful conversations with people who think differently than us. We unfriend, unfollow, or change social media platforms if we don’t like what we are hearing. We find another news outlet, another church, another friend if our beliefs aren’t confirmed. This year, especially, interactions have been limited due to Stay Safe Stay Home orders and other elements of social distance. When you add this shrinking world to an on-demand media menu, people live more tribally than they have in generations, intentionally surrounding themselves only with those who support their personal beliefs, avoiding interactions with those who threaten their ideals.Until they go to work. The workplace may be one of the last places in the country where people are required to interact meaningfully with people who might not share their own perspectives. At work, 100 Million Americans are engaging with one another without the option of unfriending or unfollowing if values do not align.The workplace requires a sophistication of communication that is honest, respectful, and learning-focused. An environment that encourages political correctness or assimilation—instruction to employees to “go along to get along”– will not help your organization arrive at a place of authentic inclusion. It will not build trust and candor that results in better innovation, collaboration, and service to members. At work, employees must overcome their tribal instincts and collaborate with people who have different perspectives, ideas, and frames of reference. As a leader or DEI Champion in these times of fear, uncertainty, and scarcity, this is what you are up against. You may find yourself trying to expand trust in a workplace where your team members’ instincts are telling them to protect and preserve their own survival. As you work to build an inclusive workplace where people can come together and listen to different perspectives, you must first create a sense of safety that allows people to lower their defenses. Understanding the scarcity mindset many people are in right now makes it more important than ever to do the work, dedicating the time and energy and attention to persistently and consistently creating a place where your team members receive the message that they are safe, that they are valued, and that your interest in inclusion is authentic and for everyone.  If your organization is working to build a culture of trust, I recommend the resource, “Safe Enough to Soar: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion, and Collaboration in the Workplace.” It is a great starting point for any leadership team to assess their organizational readiness, and to serve as a foundational guide for organizations ready to dig into the work of creating inclusion.  If you would benefit from support in moving your organization to a place of inclusion, Humanidei is here to help.center_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. 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Martinez: Big fee won’t affect Rom

first_img The Belgium international landed on Merseyside for a flying visit from his homeland on Wednesday to finalise a five-year contract after a £28million deal – believed to be a £25million fee with subsequent add-ons – was agreed with Chelsea. Everton’s previous record was the £15million paid to Standard Liege in 2006 for midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who moved on to Manchester United last summer for £28million. Martinez stressed, however, the player will not carry that burden into the dressing room. “Rom is vitally important but his transfer fee will not count for anything in terms of him developing and having an important role in the side,” said the Spaniard. “This dressing room has got a special feeling and it is not about how much you pay for players to come in, it is about selecting the players to be in there. “We really needed Rom at the club and that is where the chairman (Bill Kenwright) and the board have been exceptional, and I do think it is a key moment at our club. “I am looking at that number nine position – and I am probably biased – but he is potentially the best choice in world football. “In years to come you will see him develop into someone special, but nothing changes for Rom. “He needs to enjoy his football, have the same standards he had and I am excited to see how far Rom can take us and how far we can take Rom. “That is the partnership we can see here. Press Association Everton may have smashed their transfer record to sign striker Romelu Lukaku but manager Roberto Martinez insists the fee is irrelevant if the player fulfils his potential. “It is true this moment in Rom’s career is very significant because he is very ambitious, he wants to be successful and win things and wants to develop to the top of his potential. “That is what we want to be as a team, so it is a perfect fit.” Lukaku said he is comfortable with the transfer fee and intends to provide the goals, having scored 16 in 33 appearances on loan at Goodison Park last season, to help fire the club into the Champions League. Asked how long it could be until the Toffees were playing alongside Europe’s elite, the Belgian said: “If we continue to develop like we did last season very soon. “I wanted to stay in the Premier League because it is the most attractive league in the world and also the best. “For me it was easy to stay here and help the team reach that level. “I think the club wants to make a statement and I want to help the club to make a statement in this league. “I don’t put myself under pressure and just want to help my team-mates make this team as good as possible.” Martinez is still keen to add more signings, having already secured another loan player Gareth Barry on a permanent deal and also brought in £4million midfielder Muhamed Besic. However, he may now have to rely on loan signings – the Toffees have been linked with a temporary deal for Chelsea’s Christian Atsu – having used most of his transfer budget to secure Lukaku. “I said before we signed Rom we need three attacking players and that has not changed,” said the Everton boss. “I always said money shouldn’t be the difference between being able to challenge or not. “It excites me when I see the side we have. Maybe some have the excuse of having to have a certain amount of money to challenge for titles, but I don’t look at it that way.” last_img read more


New Zeeburg Secondary School to be opened in September – HM

first_imgThe new Zeeburg Secondary School, West Coast Demerara, is scheduled to be finally opened for the new school year in September.The school was scheduled to be commissioned and opened earlier this year following its completion but saw numerous setbacks.Unidentified persons had vandalised the school, causing a major delay in its opening.Following this, more work had to be carried out to have the school repaired and cleaned where needed; however the slowness of those working to have the issue rectified angered parents who were fearful for the lives of their children attending the old facility.However on Saturday, the Headteacher of the school announced to parents that the school will be officially opened for the new school year.Staff are currently working hard to have all the necessary equipment and furniture moved to the new building, she informed.Parents, especially those with children that were being registered, expressed delight with the announcement.One mother Natasha Adolphus noted that even though she was delighted to have her daughter attend the school, she was afraid of its condition and was hopeful the new building would be opened.The head teacher also expressed satisfaction and enthusiasm for the new school year: “I am beyond delighted that we can finally move over and be comfortable; this has been long overdue”.The Ministry of Education had a new school built following many complaints from teachers and students/parents of the poor conditions of the old building.last_img read more


Sex worker accused of robbing tourist on bail

first_imgTwenty-two-year-old Steffon Blades, called Stefanie, accused of robbing elderly Jamaican tourist Joseph Jewels of US$600 and Gy$40,000,was on Friday released on $75,000 bail when he appeared before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Jewels told the court that he and Blades had a “business transaction,” but he was instead robbed by the man.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne made no objection to bail. The case will continue on March 28.last_img