Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

It’s time to look forward. Proactively building a corporate culture of respect, belonging, and trust is a top priority. Organizations of every size now realize there is important work to do in shaping a culture that eliminates racism, elevates diversity, answers inequities, and welcomes a range of perspectives. The role of companies is expanding in important ways. 

The business of business is no longer just business. The business of business now is also society.”
Dov Seidman, Founder & Chairman, LRN

Navigating the responsibilities of this new era is not always easy nor clear. But there is a growing body of research and literature to aid the journey, and it syncs with our decades of experience building a platform and course materials for ethics and compliance. At LRN, we are distilling this wealth of information into proposed curriculums, e-learning courses and training, tools, and advisory services to help companies help their people do the right thing. We have made our own commitment to racial justice and are helping our partners do the same.   

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Developing a DEI program

As cited by the World Economic Forum, there’s not only a moral imperative for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), but also an economic one.  A wide range of research conclusively documents that well-managed diverse teams significantly outperform well-managed homogenous ones over time. A greater sense of belonging fuels innovation and excellence, reduces turnover, and lowers risk because employees feel and know their words and actions have impact. By out behaving the competition, companies realize better outcomes. 

There is a wealth of strategic recommendations from college professors, corporate DEI leaders, and market researchers about how to make workplace DEI programs more meaningful. The common theme among them is ensuring that your program is actionable: how do you engage your learners and inspire them to make positive, behavioral change in their unique work environment? Building in material that teaches ways to effectively combat harmful behaviorsuch as how to respond after witnessing a microagressionwill help people at your organization feel equipped to speak up, step in, and support each other.  

More than a dozen countries—including the U.S., the UK, and the European Union—have active anti-discrimination laws in place. Certain government entities, like the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, strongly recommend a workplace diversity component within every employer’s training and development offerings. Most importantly, research shows that fostering a workplace culture where employees feel like they truly belong actually benefits companies in the long run. A study from the Corporate Executive Board Company (CEB) found that in a more diverse and inclusive workforce, individual performance improves by 12%, intent to stay improves by 20%, and team collaboration and commitment improve by about 50%. And a Josh Bersin study found that in just three years, companies that have a highly inclusive culture notice 2.3 times more cash flow per employee. 

When creating corporate DEI training, it’s important to understand your organization’s particular objectives and perspectives when selecting courses for your program. Our DEI curriculum plan covers a growing variety of topicsincluding antiracism, LGBTQ+ allyship, and microagressions to list a few. Another component to account for when selecting your courses is the format in which you want your learners to interact with the material. For example, consider whether an infographic or writing prompt will inspire greater action when educating folks about a certain topic. 

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Course considerations

LRN offers a range of learning formats including video vignettes, quizzes, infographics, and writing prompts for an expanding series of foundational DEI courses on topics such as: 

  • Antiracism  
  • Ageism  
  • Discrimination and Harassment  
  • LGBTQ+ Allyship  
  • Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Microaggressions 
  • Respectful Communication 
  • Unconscious Bias  
  • New topics added quarterly 

How Stories Build Empathy, Guide Better Decisions, and Foster Stronger Cultures of DEI

Join us for a conversation on how organizations are evolving beyond DEI “programs” to look at DEI as both an ethical imperative and a manifestation of authentic cultures of integrity and values.

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The learning experience doesn’t shy away from a sensitive issue but prompts learners to confront and reflect on the impact of racism, both at work and in the world, and to consider their role as part of the solution, with tools to support the learner’s adoption of an antiracism mindset.”
Kristen Motzer, LRN’s Director of Learning and instructional Design
 
 
 

Resources

Race in the Office

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Antiracism: Taking Action

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The Compelling Call to Listen

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