Diversity Training Programs Matter
Organizations that embrace workplace diversity training and actively promote effective diversity courses have a distinct competitive advantage because they are able to:
- Attract and retain top talent
- Fully utilize the strength of the varied backgrounds and composition of their workplaces for teamwork, productivity and fresh ideas
- Increase their bottom line by attracting customers, clients, applicants, and vendors that see themselves reflected in the organization and choose to do business with or work at the organization
Attracting a diverse workforce is only the first step; employers must maintain it through diversity courses and programs in order to reap its benefits. Workplace diversity training programs are the best way to ensure all employees understand how they can foster and benefit from a diverse workforce.
Workplace Diversity Training Courses Pay For Themselves by Reducing Turnover
Unless an organization creates a climate that welcomes and is hospitable to those who are in some way different from the majority group, costly turnovers will continue as new talent leaves. Cultural diversity training programs ensure that diverse candidates, once hired, will want to stay with the organization.
Diversity programs must be organization-wide or the organization as a whole will not benefit. Buy-in from all levels is critical for maintaining diversity. When an organization invests in its employees, they are more inclined to feel valued and believe they have genuine opportunities for advancement.
- Elaine St. Jean, Education and Training Program Coordinator