Diversity in work community situations

What kind of diversity does there exist in a work community and what kind of phenomena are involved? In the face of diversity, we do not always recognise the needs or preferences of others.

Challenging work community situations

The simulation helps the team understand the kinds of diversity that exist in the work community and engage in a constructive discussion of the related, sometimes difficult, phenomena such as unconscious discrimination.

Diverse teams are shown to perform better than homogeneous teams., but working together can be more challenging. After all, we live in a world where equality is not fully realized. Own or team’s attitudes towards diversity are not always even recognized. The simulation promotes, through concrete situations, discussion on how we can recognize diversity and intervene in difficult situations. 

CLAIM 2: Inappopriate chat conversation on ethnic background

Who of you would speak out about an inappropriate chat conversation on ethnic background?

CLAIM 3: Discriminating "jokes" on sexual minorities in the break room

Who of you would speak out about “jokes” in the break room that discriminate against a sexual minority?

CLAIM 4: Nudity in the sauna

Who of you would speak out about the fact that nudity in sauna evening could be disturbing to somebody?

CLAIM 5: Age discrimination

Who of you would interfere in a situation where a person’s age is used inappropriately as a choice criterion?

Research background

The simulation brings together various aspects of diversity relevant to the work environment. Sources include the Non-Discrimination Act, the Equality Act, the Centre for Occupational Safety publication Diversity, Non-Discrimination and Equality in the Workplace (2016) and the Equality and Non-Discrimination Survey for Workplaces (The Centre for Occupational Safety, Finland).

Objectives

  • Provide neutral discussion openings on diversity
  • Practise intervening and speaking out, which are considered key issues in dealing with diversity and inclusion
  • Recognise and understand different aspects of diversity in the work community
  • Highlight individual approaches to diversity and reduce the risk of misunderstandings
  • Make visible the current practices and roles in the team 

For whom

  • Teams of 4-16 persons working together. Also suits temporary teams, project teams and remote teams.
  • The duration of the simulation is about 2 hours.