Books for Encouraging Diversity in the Workplace

Race is often the first thing that comes to mind when speaking of diversity. But discrimination based on age, gender, religion or sexual orientation often finds its way into the workplace, making for tense situations that no one should have to deal with. This blog theme week, we bring you guests posts that cover diversity, and its many facets. Our authors share how to overcome it to create a better environment for yourself, your peers and the next generation.

To celebrate Diversity Awareness Month, and to kick off our blog theme week, here are a few books to add to your reading list to encourage diversity, stimulate dialogue and increase awareness.

Nurturing Generational Diversity

Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training, and Retaining Older Employees by William J. Rothwell, Harvey Sterns, Diane Spokus, Joel Reaser

If you, or the decision makers in your workplace think older staff members should be the first ones to go, think again. After all, baby boomers are the largest, healthiest, best-educated and longest-living generation in American history.

Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters–Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work by Meagan and Larry Johnson

One of the main benefits of a generationally diverse workplace is that each member brings various skill sets, ideas, and interests to the table. Address conflicts and forge alliances between generations at work with this book, written by a father-daughter team of generational experts.

Embracing Cultural Diversity

Building on the Promise of Diversity: How We Can Move to the Next Level in Our Workplaces, Our Communities, and Our Society by R. Roosevelt Thomas

Diversity issues aren’t going to go away anytime soon so let them be a dynamic advantage to your company. Thomas guides you through the process of using issues that arise to spark conversation and get to the root of the issue.

The Diversity Code: Unlock the Secrets to Making Differences Work in the Real World by Michelle T. Johnson

Meeting diversity quotas is one thing – fostering a genuine sense of understanding and appreciation is another. Instead of relying on just numbers and data to improve diversity at your workplace, Johnson offers up some realistic approaches for generating an authentic appreciation for diversity.

Celebrating Diversity in Physical Abilities

Perfectly Able: How to Attract and Hire Talented People with Disabilities by Lighthouse International, Compiled and Edited by Jim Hasse

Not only do people with disabilities deserve jobs like everyone else, but they often have great leadership capabilities and extensive experience overcoming odds. Hasse shares the tangible – Is your workplace wheelchair friendly? – and intangible resources necessary for recruiting employees with disabilities.

Coming tomorrow is a guest post by Michelle Johnson, author of The Diversity Code, on how hateful message board comments affect the workplace!

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