The workforce is more diverse than it has ever been, with the number of female, racial or ethnic minority, and older employees continuously increasing. With the change in worker composition, organizations are becoming increasingly focused on diversity training. But, are all methods equal? A recent article shows that some methods may be more effective than others.
Companies talk all the time about the incredible value of diversity in driving innovation and creativity, yet the research tells us it’s not quite so clear-cut. Most companies already utilize some form of diversity training to try to get the most out of their diverse workforces, but even that is no guarantee of success. New research looks at the effectiveness of diversity training, and shows us the conditions in which it should—and shouldn’t—be used.
When organizations spend millions of dollars on selection programs, return on investment becomes paramount. New research shows that we can improve our ability to predict job or training success when using tests of specific cognitive abilities, as long as these abilities are aligned with the actual job requirements.
Stereotypes can be harmful, especially in a workplace. So how can organizations train employees to reduce the influence of stereotypes on their behavior? New research shows that discussing the prevalence of negative stereotypes can actually make things worse. Instead, it may be better to highlight examples of employees who do not believe in or act on stereotypes.
New research shows that certain organizational socialization tactics can help reduce newcomer anxiety and foster a greater sense of competence on the job. When socialization tactics enable the building of trusting relationships, organizations can facilitate greater organizational commitment among newcomers.
Studies show that diversity within organizations can lead to both positive and negative outcomes. The study detailed in “A meta-analytic evaluation of diversity training outcomes” suggests that diversity training– a course of instruction aimed at increasing the participants’ cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills in order to benefit an organization– plays a key role in determining the impact diversity has on the company.
What makes a great workplace or a terrible one? Many would say upper management makes the difference or company values or even the guy in the next cubicle. Long days, stressful meetings, a grumpy boss are all factors that we would expect to determine our workplace well-being. Surprisingly, new research indicates that the key factor to well-being in your workplace is you.
There are many reasons to monitor employees. Particularly when implementing relatively new technologies such as web-based trainings, it might seem wise to monitor not only employee skill acquisition, but also their efficiency completing the training, their internet activity, even the speed of their keystrokes. However, monitoring has a downside.
Have you ever wondered whether a specific type of practice leads to better performance? Or is just “showing up” good enough to make progress? Researchers in this study sought to answer that question, and the answer may prove relevant for e-learning communities!