Cultural/Racial Isolation and or Separation Across Workforce
Everyone wants to feel accepted and be treated fairly at a new job, and people become dissatisfied quickly if they don’t connect with their co-works or feel that their ideas and contributions aren’t given the same appreciation as their colleagues’. For example, if a minority employee who has a reputation for giving excellent presentations is suddenly dismissed from client meetings, they could feel it's because of their religious or cultural beliefs. Ultimately, this decreases their confidence, makes them feel like an outcast and hampers their contributions. This is the slippery slope towards the cultural and or racial isolation of an employee. Although the problem is depicted clearly in the example provided, often times these types of discrepancies are subtle and are carried out unconsciously.
To combat cultural discrimination which is the precursor to isolation, employers need to have a clear understanding of topics and issues that are most important to culturally and racially diverse employees. Worker-satisfaction surveys and assessments should happen on a regular basis for all employees and the results should be used to create a more welcoming and inclusive employee atmosphere. Businesses that foster diverse environments tend to keep talent invested in their jobs over a longer period. Employers that are committed to reducing workforce isolation need to mimic the qualities of a successful school teacher. A successful school teacher wants all their students to succeed despite their different backgrounds and learning styles. To accomplish this goal, the teacher must be flexible and make accommodations. Like a model teacher, all employers should also want every new hire to succeed. CFEI can help your organization cater to the needs of a diverse workforce which is one way we can help diverse employees succeed, thrive and assimilate.