In a time of increased polarization, managers might worry about the impact of disruptive political conversations at work. Diversity consultant Mary-Frances Winters says that employers should encourage, not discourage, these interactions. Winters believes that “bold, inclusive conversations” can have a positive impact on the workplace environment and employee engagement. To help things turn out that way, she provides guidance, with examples, on how to conduct such discussions. She offers a handy guide to potentially abrasive comments and phrases that various groups – Caucasians, African-Americans, Latinos, the disabled and women – might find offensive. getAbstract recommends her advice on quelling divisiveness in the workplace to supervisors, HR professionals and any employees interested in communicating more effectively with their co-workers.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why managers should encourage “bold, inclusive conversations” in the workplace;
- What elements such conversations include; and
- How forthright conversations can enhance engagement and bridge differences.
About the Author
Consultant and strategist Mary-Frances Winters, is founder and president of The Winters Group and has advised organizations globally on diversity and inclusion for more than 30 years.