Dr. Mac Powell’s Tips on Managing Diversity for a Globally Inclusive Workplace

Dr. Mac Powell’s Tips on Managing Diversity for a Globally Inclusive Workplace

Globally speaking, becoming an inclusive workplace requires knowledge and tolerance of different cultures and lifestyles. Below are Dr. Mac Powell's three tips for managing diversity for a global workforce:

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Managing diversity for a globally inclusive workplace is an ongoing process—and diversity includes more than race. Other diversity considerations are age, gender, disabilities, orientation, and culture. Globally speaking, becoming an inclusive workplace requires knowledge and tolerance of different cultures and lifestyles. Managers should begin by evaluating their current staff conditions, creating policies that promote harmony among workers, and seek expert insight to better manage diversity toward a globally inclusive workplace.

Below are Dr. Mac Powell's three tips for managing diversity for a global workforce:

Step 1

Manage diversity efforts from within your corporate culture. Look at the diversity of your current staff and evaluate where you want to be as an organization. Consider how well your workplace reflects the global world – and how potential employees and customers see your company. Attempt to intertwine the cultural backgrounds of your team with workplace entertainment. Give employees opportunities to share their cultures, families, and values – such as potlucks, picnics, and bring your kids to work days, as well as hosting speakers, movies, and musicians that can expand the cultural awareness of your team. Sometimes, the simple act of sharing their favorite dish can spark a conversation.

Step 2

Create policies at the office using the human resources department to help promote equity and diversity. As the company grows with a global workforce, respecting and managing time-off requests for special religious or cultural observances is critical. Managers must become more aware of employees' background without invading their privacy. The best way is to establish a welcome aboard questionnaire that allows the employees to share important values they hold and to respect the range of privacy expectations employees have. Be curious and open, but avoid invasiveness and be aware that you may accidentally cross boundaries that aren't explicitly stated. Like all relationship building, trust comes with respect and active communication.

Step 3

Get the workplace involved in the diversity inclusion effort. Managers should be trained from respected experts in the field, like Michàlle Mor Barak, Ph.D. Her website includes a variety of resources to help companies manage diversity toward a globally inclusive workplace. Each worker should be required to learn about diversity and about how to treat people respectfully. In some cultures, a handshake may be seen as inappropriate, so it is vital that everyone understands what to do as an alternative (i.e., bow).

In conclusion, you should consider using expert knowledge and taking time to learn about the world around you. Looking at the cultures that make up your staff, creating policies that reflect awareness and including the entire company are strategic tips to ensure that your business embraces a global work environment. Continue to gain more expert insight through online research as well as reaching out to your local community.

About Dr. Mac Powell:

Dr. Mac Powell is an executive in the world of higher education and is passionate about developing strategies for the growth and development of the community. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri and has taken his skill in helping people to roles of leadership which have helped countless numbers of people. He is the Chair of the ACE Commission on Education Attainment and Innovation and Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology. When Dr. Powell isn't pouring his heart into his work, he enjoys spending time with his partner, Tuan and their dog, Maximillian or playing a little golf as a Master Professional in the PGA.

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Dear Taylor Swift, Christians Are Not Homophobic Bigots, Sincerely, The Majority Of Christians

Taylor, you need to calm down when talking about how most Christians act.

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When Taylor Swift released her newest single "You Need to Calm Down" last Friday, I didn't agree with the entire message of the song, mainly because of its heavy political overtones. But as the great Dick Clark once said, "It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it." So, for what it is, it's really easy to dance to this song, and I can see it becoming a pretty big hit.

But then the video came out, and I saw something that really bothered me.

In the music video for "You Need to Calm Down", Taylor is seen partying and hanging out with multiple LGBT+ icons in honor of Pride Month, such as the hosts of Queer Eye, RuPaul, and Ellen Degeneres. There's also a moment with Taylor, dressed as French fries, renewing her friendship with Katy Perry, who's dressed as a hamburger, which is as amazing as it sounds.

However, there's another cast of characters which acts as a foil to the happiness and colorful joy which is taking place in the video. There's a group of protesters surrounding the trailer park where Taylor and all her friends live. They're all dirty, buck-toothed, and dressed like your typical redneck stereotypes. They're also holding up protest signs while screaming at everyone in the trailer park. I saw one of the signs said something about Adam and Eve, and I realized most of the protesters were most likely meant to represent Christians.

And that...didn't sit well with me at all.

I know that these people never explicitly said they were Christians in the video, none of them even wore a cross. But, whenever someone sees anyone protesting rallies and organizations such as Pride, I can guarantee you that most of the time, the first thing people think is that they're from the Westboro Baptist Church, which is notorious for its protests. And I won't lie, there are some Christians who act that way.

But if you haven't heard this yet, let me be the first to tell you that not all Christians act like that. In fact, most of them don't act that way.

Christians don't agree with the LGBT+ lifestyle because of what the apostle Paul wrote in the book of 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). However, Jesus never once taught that just because you don't agree with a person doesn't mean they're automatically your enemy (Matthew 5:44). Christians are supposed to represent the love of the Savior of the world, which encompasses every and all aspects of humanity. This definitely includes people whose lifestyles we don't agree with. By not showing love to certain types of people, we are directly going against one of Jesus's greatest commandments.

Not agreeing with people is one of the cornerstones of humanity. It's a divisive world out there to be sure, but that doesn't mean people from any side of the debate need to perpetuate the division. Grouping all Christians into one group of hateful bigots is no different than Christians grouping all the members of the LGBT+ community into one group of evil people. One of the key elements of Christianity is showing people who have different beliefs from us the same love Jesus would show to anyone. And I know I'm not the only Christian who wants to show love to people of all walks of life. I may be the only Jesus they ever see in their lives, and we all wish to express the same love to others.

So Taylor, it looks like you're the one who needs to calm down on this issue.

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Robb Misso, Award-winning CEO, Describes 7 Great Techniques Small Business Owners Use to Hire Top Talent

Discovering premiere talent is no easy task, but it's one of the best investments you can make for the future of your business.

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Hiring great employees is a difficult task, but hiring them for a small business or startup is far more difficult. Not only is your budget more limited, but you're also looking for a more specific kind of person. Working in a small business is inherently more difficult due to the flatter structure and greater responsibilities, so not only do you need someone skilled, you need people who can thrive under pressure. By focusing on these seven techniques detailed by Robb Misso, the CEO of DMS and a John C Maxwell Executive Council member, you can find the right people to hire for your company.

1. Focus on Brand Development from the Start

Attracting top talent for your small business is difficult because you have no branding at the start. Some people grow up thinking about working for global corporations because they have an expectation of how it would be to work for them, either due to a positive company culture, the impact they have on the world, or both. To get people to want to work for you, your business must have that same appeal. Develop a strong brand from the start and you'll make things easier for yourself.

2. Challenge Them

To get the best people, you have to offer the best projects. Top talent generally doesn't want to waste their time on something that bores them. Give them interesting projects, stimulate their minds and imagination, and they'll come in through the door.

3. Create a Small Business with Intent

Just making a small business to make money isn't enough, though it's a good start. You must have a greater goal in mind. You must have a vision. It's that vision that will drive people with passion to work for you. You must also learn how to present that vision and mission to people in the best possible way.

4. Go Out and Meet People Constantly

When you're looking to hire more people, the best thing to do is keep meeting new people. Go out to events and meet-ups and networking conferences and talk to people. Not only will you meet more potential employees, you'll also get to develop your brand and talk to potential partners and investors.

5. Look to Your Community

There's nothing like a consumer when it comes to criticism. No one is more critical than someone who bought your offering. Chances are, parts of your community are skilled workers. Why not hire them? They're already invested in your product, making them great potential hires. In some instances, such as positions for your sales force, their eagerness can make up for their lack of initial skill.

6. Look to Other Parts of the Globe

Your small business may have limited capital and reach, but the Internet has made it easier to find remote workers than ever before. While you won't have the comfort and intimacy of face-to-face interaction, they can give your small business skills you can't find locally. It can also end up being cheaper, especially if you just need them for specific tasks.

7. Create a Positive Workplace

A great workplace environment doesn't just help you keep employees, it'll help you get them. "When they first walk into your office for their interview, they should be met with smiling faces and people who are genuinely enjoying their work," stated Robb Misso. Nothing pushes away top talent like anger, frustration, and a general feeling of negativity. Developing a positive workplace is about having the right company culture, as well as having a comfortable physical space that people won't mind spending long hours in.

Hiring top talent for your small business is no easy task, but it's not impossible either. You just have to do it mindfully. You can't just send out fliers and expect great people to walk in. Develop your brand and your company culture from the start. Meet as many people as possible to expand your fishing waters. It's time-consuming, but consider it an investment in your small business's future.

About Robb Misso:

Robb Misso founded Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions in order to go about manufacturing differently. For 25 years, he has worked tirelessly to create a positive work culture and empower skilled workers both inside and outside the office. Robb Misso is also the recipient of Austin's "Recognize Good Award," which honors community-minded individuals for local charity work.

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