Being able to move beyond messaging to accomplish true behavior change is an increasingly important organizational skill.
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When drills become rote, recertifications become redundant and training loses that vital edge, first responders do not gain the skills and education they need to protect their communities.
Of course, diverse recruitment and representation are critical steps when establishing an inclusive business, but they are not the only requirements. Inclusive businesses see past the differences and focus on creating a true sense of belonging.
For people to function optimally, they need and deserve time to unwind and recharge. To be able to enter flow, they need to recognize their individuality and discover their personalized rhythm, with supportive employers committed to healthy work practices.
Businesses that invest in D&I training open their doors to more people; minimize harm and discomfort within their walls; and make their organization a better, more welcoming place for their employees.
Whether conscious or unconscious, everyone has bias. To say otherwise is to ignore the brain’s innate tendency to make connections and “fill in the blanks” based on previous experiences or perspectives to come to faster conclusions.
Now that the dust has settled from the transition into the 2020s, let’s take one last look at the mergers, acquisitions and investments of 2019, this time focusing on the fourth quarter.