Diversity and Inclusion Communication

The current state of diversity and inclusion in the U.S. is turmoil. Uber’s CEO PR fiasco, a Google employee’s manifesto and the events in Charlottesville have shown us how far we have yet to go to embrace diversity in our nation and demonstrate inclusion of all races, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/identification, age, religion and ability.

Research shows that organizations that are inclusive and which honor diversity benefit in many ways.

  • Financial benefits: A recent McKinsey study looked at the top executive teams of 180 public firms and found that those with more diverse teams outperformed their peers in ROE and EBIT margins.
  • Problem solving: A study of 28 teams found those that were heterogeneous solved complex tasks better than the homogeneous teams. They noted the diverse teams exhibited a higher level of creativity and a broader thought process.
  • Innovation: Companies that drive innovation by leveraging employee ideas and knowledge meet product revenue targets 46% more often and product launch dates 47% more often than industry peers.

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” ~ Jacqueline Woodson

During the course of a career in communication, Chris Jones has had the opportunity  to work on a number of videos and training programs on this important issue. Here are two important diversity and inclusion projects.

www.360staysafe.comBuilding Community is an online training program that helps students, faculty and staff create a safe and healthy campus community where they take care of themselves, look out for one another, and make choices for the greater good.  Chris Jones was the writer and director of the online training program. Scenarios and interviews were captured at the University of Notre Dame, Gustavus Adolphus and St. Thomas University.  The Building Community prevention training includes:

  • Safe and healthy options for intervening
  • Definitions of key terms (like consent, sexual misconduct and sexual assault)
  • Options for reporting
  • Recognizing signs of abusive behavior
  • Primary prevention and awareness

www.SpectraDiversity.com: Spectra Diversity is committed to honoring differences and helping others to create a diverse and inclusive workforce.The Spectra Diversity and Inclusion Profile™ is intended to better focus (or more accurately target) change efforts related to diversity and inclusion based on the needs of the group or organization. The information in the Profile Report includes responses regarding the individual, the team and the organization.

Chris Jones is a Spectra Diversity Partner and has been responsible for creating the profile as well as the website, online assessment tool, white papers and a training facilitation kit for Spectra Diversity Change Partners.  If you would like to sample the profile to determine if it would be beneficial for your organization, please contact Spectra Diversity for additional information.

For more information about D&I communication and videos, please contact us.

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