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Celebration-driven diversity opens the door of discovery for members of an increasingly diverse workplace to appreciate the many differences that exist in the world of work. This tradition for valuing the unique qualities, contributions, quests, progress and frustrations of members of identity groups has become common practice in many organizations.
The challenge for making these events valuable to the quest of creating and sustaining a respectful climate for diverse work team members requires cultural competencies on the part of leaders and managers in the organization. Caution must be taken that such events are celebrated with the mission and bottom line interests of the organization as the central focus. Improperly leveraged, such events can segregate rather than unite.
Affinity or employee groups are often charged with creating and implementing the agenda for high visibility events related to the celebration of their particular interest group. What is the best way for diversity champions to work closely with affinity leaders? Leveraged correctly, the celebratory event can provide a forum for the many voices of diversity in the workplace. Listening to these voices can inspire management and leadership to not only change the bulletin boards, but also the organizational culture. Further, these events can become part of a larger strategy for increasing market share and developing diverse talent.
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