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Why the Best Companies Have Diverse Training Departments

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Wed Oct 07 2015

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Diversity and inclusion in the talent development profession benefits organizations that desire longevity and overall growth. Companies that focus on fostering an equal environment are more successful, because they are better able to branch into emerging markets and increase productivity.

As the workforce changes, so should the faces of those who train it. A diverse training function promotes growth. Conversely, a homogenous training department may discourage many potentially great employees; they may be not as likely to blossom because they are not represented or included in training programs. Indeed, during my career in the talent development field, I’ve noticed that I’m a minority among my fellow professionals.

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A diverse training department brings a range of perspectives to an organization, which can help trainers develop the organization’s greatest asset: its employees. This range of perspectives can prevent situations in which people are marginalized or targeted. For example, a diverse team is more likely to create training programs with inclusive language, omitting content that could be discriminatory. A wide spectrum of backgrounds also allows for creative problem solving.

Additionally, trainers at all organizations play a huge part in modeling best practices and strategies. Modeling diversity in training allows others to see that they are included in the organization, and that their experience is valuable. This promotes an increase in loyalty, which can result in reduced turnover and increased job satisfaction.

Diversity pushes others out of their comfort zones, which allows for growth and development. As talent development professionals, one of our goals is to ensure that organizations truly represent an equal opportunity employer; for my part, I have worked in a variety of different industries to create training programs that are compelling and interesting for a mixed audience. Constructing an environment that is free of discrimination can only occur if trainers are culturally competent and model the greatness of diversity.

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