Tag: Unconscious Bias

Transforming the Workplace with Transparent Conversations

Everyone wants to know how to get diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) right, but many don’t know where to start. Although it’s tempting for organizations to jump right into action by scheduling a company-wide unconscious bias training, we first need to take a step back to become truly aware of the issues in each unique workplace. That awareness is only possible when open and honest conversations can take place.

Earlier this month, I facilitated a conversation with Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO of SHRM, the largest HR professional association in the world. In this interview, hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), Johnny and I talk about the foundational elements necessary for transparent communication in the workplace. Establishing trust and psychological safety is paramount, but these two elements can only develop when we intentionally build relationships with one another. When it comes to management-employee communication, organizations need to create an environment where people can share their real dreams and goals without fear of reprisal and for Black professionals in the workplace, this can be especially difficult.

In the last twelve months, issues of diversity and inclusion have moved from Main Street to Wall Street and Johnny candidly shared some of his own experiences to encourage anyone who is passionate about DEI to seize this opportunity to get trained and build a career as a DEI expert. In response to company leaders who want to appoint Black and/or female heads of DEI mainly because of their race and/or gender, he said, “It is literally today, one of the most important, strategically important parts of every organization right now.  Everyone is trying to figure out what to do with this IE and D thing.  What I would say to you is if you are that HR professional . . .  whoever you are right now, if you are truly interested in doing this and building a career . . . go get yourself skilled in this. Don’t just go in – you need experts like you Stacey who actually know what they’re talking about – this notion that you are therefore a diversity expert because you are Black or you are a woman or you are both is ridiculous. It’s absurd! And so we have got to educate, encourage people in our community, that if you’re gonna be serious about it, get serious about it.”

Johnny also provided guidance for HR executives looking to make the case for diversity to their corporate leadership. If you had the opportunity to hear him live, you may have found the most effective arguments surprised you. And lastly, we discussed the purpose and efficacy of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and answered a few questions from our viewers about accountability and formal training for DEI specialists.

If you missed the conversation and have questions about unconscious bias education, let me know. And if you would like support as a Black professional in the HR world or want to know how to get started in DEI, reach out to Dr. Carroll Brown, VP Membership at NAAAHR-LA.

Simply Good: Celebrating Women

Every March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated to honor the social and political achievements of women around the world. Originally dubbed “National Woman’s Day” in New York City in 1909, the holiday was established worldwide in 1911, when millions of people across Europe organized parades and demonstrations, demanding the right to vote for women.

Today, women are still fighting for the right to be seen and heard, but, for some, the fight looks a little different. The articles we’ve selected this month highlights women who have fought their way to success in male-dominated industries. Through sheer grit and perseverance, these women are flipping norms every day, and that is always worth celebrating.

PS – Less than two weeks until my book UNBIAS comes out! If you haven’t preordered your copy, click here. This book is for you if you’re committed to creating healthy, equitable, and inclusive workplaces and are eager to get tools to actively remove barriers and ensure equity at work. Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Simply Good: Big Changes Ahead, Plus the Big Announcement I Promised!

Phew! A lot has happened since our last Simply Good, which came out the day before the insurrection in the US Capitol. Since then we’ve seen our new administration take action after action to make progress for our country. A lot happened in January (does anyone else feel like it lasted for six months?). Now we’re in February and this is a letter about good news… and I have BIG, GOOD news to share today:
 
My book UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work is coming out on March 30th!!!
 
This book is the next crucial step in my mission to make a difference for all by removing bias in hiring, leadership, and, well, everywhere. It provides tools for actively removing barriers and ensuring equity throughout your organization, and draws on decades of experience and research. UNBIAS is an ‘action manual’ to equip you to make a change in both your organization and your life.
 
I’m so EXCITED about the release of UNBIAS that I’m giving away three free months of LinkedIn Learning to the first 25 people who pre-order the book by February 15th. Just forward your receipt to [email protected] and you’ll not only get the resources provided in my book, but you’ll also gain access to thousands of skill-building courses available through LinkedIn for free!

As we are recognizing Black History month, we chose a handful of stories that focus on some big changes that are already happening or on the horizon. From the Oval Office to a century-old sport, moves are being made to propel the diversity and inclusion movement forward. Let’s do our part to keep that momentum going!

 

Stacey Talks Unconscious Bias with Dave Crenshaw

In this brief chat with fellow LinkedIn Learning instructor and bestselling author Dave Crenshaw, I had the opportunity to provide a two-bite definition of what unconscious bias is, as well as one thing anyone can do right now to decrease and/or eradicate bias from impacting the way you perceive other people. Have a minute (or two)? Check it out.

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