Diverse workforces can be a powerful engine of innovation and excellence. When members of staff feel like they belong to an organisation that values who they are, they feel empowered to bring their best self to work.
This training program develops a shared understanding of the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion. Here, participants can learn how diversity, if managed well, can promote better outcomes socially, economically and ethically. Once a holistic value proposition for diversity is made, we then investigate the dynamics of organisational cultural change and how it affects the organisation’s willingness and ability to adopt policies, procedures and mindsets that support and promote diversity.
We begin by exploring diversity an an expression of human variation subject to the intersecting dynamics of power, privilege and preference. We reflect on what participants perceive is ‘okay’ and what is ‘not okay’ within the organisation with a view to explore viewpoint diversity and build empathy. We then offer a set of tools and behavioural frameworks to overcome those barriers and thus change workplace norms.
- 1. Develop a shared understanding of diversity, inclusion & bystander action.
- 2. Reflect on individual and shared perspectives on demographic and viewpoint diversity.
- 3. Learn active bystander communication skills.
- 4. Develop competence intervening in high-stakes situations.
Demographic and Viewpoint diversity
Direct & indirect intervention techniques
Barriers to effective bystander action
Doing Diversity Differently
In October 2020, Dr Ananth Gopal (Director of Polykala), led a discussion among fellow Australian Adaptive Leadership practitioners at
Oxfam International Australia
The team at Polykala are truly interested in the organisations that they work with and adapt their training to
Glen Eira City Council
The Polykala Diversity & Inclusion Workshop was tailored to our organisation’s needs and is highly educational and fun. The
Diversity & Inclusion trainingBook a session for your workplace or organisation
- Delivery mode: Online
- Workshop length: Half day / Full day
- 2 expert facilitators
- 10-25 participants
- Participant evaluation