It’s doubtful any of your employees would actually voice opposition to diversity in the workplace.

 

In fact, most probably favor increasing your company’s diversity. Desiring a diverse environment and acting completely non-prejudicial when personally (often unexpectedly) standing face to face with a real world situation, however, might be two completely different things.

This classic clip from the film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” shows Katherine Hepburn’s reaction when she meets her daughter’s fiancé, Sidney Poitier. Her inability to hide the shock and discomfort from her face should provide a good launch pad for discussing diversity in the workplace.

 

QUESTIONS

 

Why is it important to have increased diversity in our company?

When does diversity take you by surprise or make you feel uncomfortable?

How might your reaction make the other person feel?

How could you better prepare yourself now for these situations in the future?

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Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. He will be speaking at SCCE Compliance & Ethics Conference in Las Vegas.

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