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Do You Need Diversity Training? (lamey-barfey)
DiversityInc ^ | 26 Oct. | Lizz Carroll

Posted on 10/27/2009 6:39:51 AM PDT by flowerplough

Are you unwittingly offending people in your office? Do you say things that cause others to wince or lose interest in having a collaborative relationship with you? You may be in need of good diversity training. DiversityInc put together a list of signs to show where you might be making cultural missteps.

1. Race/Ethnicity

How do you interact with people from different races and ethnicities in the office? Have you ever found yourself complimenting a Black person on her ability to articulate well? Did you tell a Latino coworker that you were surprised he didn't have an accent? Do you think an Asian-American coworker is in an accounting position because "they're all skilled at math"? Have you ever said "you people" when referring to members of a different race and ethnicity?

( ... )

2. Gender

While you may think you have good intentions by using "terms of endearment" for women such as "honey" or "sweetie," these words are inappropriate for the workplace and can belittle a woman and her position as a valuable asset to the company. The same goes for questioning a woman, even casually, about her "time of the month" and making comments that are sexually suggestive.

(Excerpt) Read more at diversityinc.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Humor
KEYWORDS: diversity; pc; politicalcorrectness; thoughtpolice
I don't dare comment here; I may unwittingly offend.
1 posted on 10/27/2009 6:39:51 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough

I never unwittingly offend anyone. I do it on purpose.


2 posted on 10/27/2009 6:46:37 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: flowerplough

I may wittingly offend or at least half- wittingly!

Mel


3 posted on 10/27/2009 6:46:53 AM PDT by melsec (A Proud Aussie)
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To: flowerplough
How do you interact with people from different races and ethnicities in the office? Have you ever found yourself complimenting a Black person on her ability to articulate well? Did you tell a Latino coworker that you were surprised he didn't have an accent? Do you think an Asian-American coworker is in an accounting position because "they're all skilled at math"? Have you ever said "you people" when referring to members of a different race and ethnicity?

Have you ever praised a white man for his open-mindedness and sensitivity?

4 posted on 10/27/2009 6:52:40 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: flowerplough

‘Have you ever found yourself complimenting a Black person on their ability to articulate well?’

No, but our Vice-President has!


5 posted on 10/27/2009 6:55:24 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Can I opt-out of Obamaland?)
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To: ozark hilljilly

One needs a job first to offend anyone in an “office”.


6 posted on 10/27/2009 6:57:28 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Thank You Mr. Thompson, I'm Series.)
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To: flowerplough

I don’t know whether its that I’m getting older or maybe it’s the whole boatload of crap coming out of Washington these days, but I find myself having less and less patience with this Bull-sheetrock. As always the article makes no mention of how a white male might be offended.


7 posted on 10/27/2009 6:58:14 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: flowerplough

I just wish we could close HR. The most useless department in any company and the source of this kind of BS in trying to justify their jobs.


8 posted on 10/27/2009 6:59:14 AM PDT by doodad
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To: flowerplough

I think a lot of Americans are sick of hearing how their country, their culture, their religion, and everything else about them is somehow evil, ignorant or otherwise “a negative influence” on society.

I’d like to see the shoe on the other foot - and people worried about offending US!


9 posted on 10/27/2009 6:59:25 AM PDT by cvq3842 (A fool and his liberty are soon parted.)
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To: flowerplough; Lucky9teen

Do you need diversity training?

Have you ever said, “That is a puny plan”, to someone who is height challenge?.

Have you ever said, “That is a way phat idea, dude”, to a person of size?

Have you ever asked someone with a wandering eye if they need some help because they look confused.

Have you ever said, Her bark is worse than her bite, about some ugly copier jockey?

Have you ever asked a cranky winged-waitress, It’s that time isn’t it, referring to the seat-belt light when it is time to land?

Have you ever asked the Congressional Black Caucus, Do y’all need a flashlight ‘cause it be a little dark in here, after a fuse has blown and the lights are out?

I could go on...


10 posted on 10/27/2009 7:04:03 AM PDT by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: ozark hilljilly
Did you tell a Latino coworker that you were surprised he didn't have an accent?

No but our Vice President thinks clerks in 7-11s talk funny.

11 posted on 10/27/2009 7:05:24 AM PDT by DManA
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To: flowerplough
Click here to read "10 Things NEVER to Say to a Black Coworker."

Click here to read "10 Things NEVER to Say to Latino Executives."

Click here to read "Things NEVER to Say to Asian Coworkers."

Apparently this is aimed exclusively to white folks.

12 posted on 10/27/2009 7:07:40 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Heh!Send this ‘web number’ for DiversityInc to Biden!
He needs it more than we do.


13 posted on 10/27/2009 7:08:29 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Can I opt-out of Obamaland?)
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To: flowerplough
If someone gets offended if I talk about my wife at work, maybe that is a sign THEY need some diversity training.

"[if people] say 'husband' or 'wife' and don't make provisions for 'partner' or 'spouse.'

14 posted on 10/27/2009 7:09:47 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

According to Obama....his mother is a typical white person.


15 posted on 10/27/2009 7:13:40 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: doodad

Yeah, that’s the ticket. It’s all HR’s fault.


16 posted on 10/27/2009 7:24:57 AM PDT by kallisti ("Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.")
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To: flowerplough

No!
I judge people by the content of their character!


17 posted on 10/27/2009 7:27:48 AM PDT by G Larry (DNC is comprised of REGRESSIVES!)
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To: kallisti

No, I know it is not all HR’s fault, but they always side with the easily offended PC do gooders. And force us to watch harrassment videos, sign diversity pacts etc etc


18 posted on 10/27/2009 7:35:10 AM PDT by doodad
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To: doodad

HR’s motivation in all this is not internal. The fed and state acronyms and the threat of legal resource drains drive this.

OK, some in the field are true believers, but not all.

I do understand your viewpoint.


19 posted on 10/27/2009 7:43:08 AM PDT by kallisti ("Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.")
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To: flowerplough

I do not require diversity training because unlike our politically correct human resources professionals, I know precisely what “diversity” is: a condition, not a value. As your employer, I do not care what color your skin is, what your gender is, or where you came from, as long as you can speak the language, wear clean clothes, shower more than weekly, and do your job to a minimum standard of proficiency. Any additional requirement is most likely a form of intimidation by the state for the purpose of procuring unearned benefits.


20 posted on 10/27/2009 7:49:31 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: OnTheDress

Quote:
“Have you ever said, “That is a way phat idea, dude”, to a person of size?”

Hey, I find that offensive.
Pay me and I’ll forgive you, though.


21 posted on 10/27/2009 8:07:25 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: doodad; Lazamataz
When I first started my job after I retired from the Army, I drove to my Diversity Training class in a car with a bumper sticker that read...

AIDS AND HOMOSEXUALS
EVOLUTION IN ACTION

Most of the people in the class thought it was pretty funny, but the instructor had a permanent sniff about it for the whole period of the class.

22 posted on 10/27/2009 8:21:24 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: ozark hilljilly
‘Have you ever found yourself complimenting a Black person on their ability to articulate well?’

No, but our Vice-President has!

Have you ever found yourself groaning over a White vice-president's inability to articulate well?

If he's a Democrat, it's off to sensitivity training with you!

23 posted on 10/27/2009 8:38:04 AM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: flowerplough
Your article links to 5 Things NEVER to Say to Muslim Coworkers. The money quote:

Only about 20 percent of Muslims worldwide are Middle Eastern. "Muslims are Black. Muslims are white. Muslims are senators - they're in the White House," says Chebli.

24 posted on 10/27/2009 11:09:18 PM PDT by bornred
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