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Accessibility and Inclusivity in the Workplace

Accessibility in the workplace is the practice of making information, tasks and activities, and the work environment practical, meaningful, and usable for as many people as possible. Inclusion is the behaviors within team culture that encourages everyone to feel heard and valued for their individual skills and uniqueness. Through this guide, we review inclusive practices and considerations to take when proactively addressing accessibility at the virtual and physical workplace. After reviewing the guide, this worksheet can be used to assess your own organization’s accessibility and inclusion policies and procedures and identify areas to improve.

Accessible and Inclusive Events

How can we be mindful of different needs while proactively providing a welcoming and inclusive experience for all at events? Accessibility and inclusion matter just as deeply in temporary spaces where we invite community to join together for dialogue or learning. Here are some considerations to provide a more inclusive and accessible experience to your audience as you go through the event planning process.

Addressing Unconscious Bias in Hiring

This resource is meant to address the individual unconscious biases that inform the hiring systems we create and the candidate selection process. Remaining unaware of these biases and their impact on our decision-making can contribute to the lack of representation of individuals from marginalized communities in the workplace.

Adopting Your Strategic Plan

Formally adopting a strategic plan is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of a board of directors. This resource reviews the process between the planning committee, staff, and board from […]

Basic Steps for Mediating Interpersonal Conflict

Though there are many forms of mediation, this resource is a tool for mediating entrenched but relatively low-level conflicts between individuals. Those are conflicts rooted in misunderstanding, miscommunication, personality differences, or active disagreement. This process is best used after other efforts such as direct feedback, supportive coaching, and courageous conversations have been unsuccessful. Mediation requires the consent and willing participation of all parties.

This resource is not designed for mediation related to harassment, discrimination, threats to individual safety, or any other activities that could fall under your organization’s Human Resource’s complaint or grievance processes.

Board Term Limits

Rotation is a healthy and natural way of providing change and necessary transformation for boards. Regularly bringing in new board members helps keep away stagnation and provides the board opportunities for renewal. This resource reviews the importance of Board Term Limits and discusses the advantages and concerns to take into consideration for your Board.

Change Team Core Processes and Tools: Set-Up and Management Checklist

Change teams designed to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) require thoughtful planning and communication throughout the active lifecycle of the team: Launch, Management, Evaluation, and Relaunch. Change teams, like any other team, require management tools, skills, and processes to be successful. Use the following checklists to create the change team charter and core management tools and processes.

Communicating Across Generational Diversity

To effectively support teams with diverse age groups, it’s essential to first recognize our generational differences and biases. How have significant cultural and historical events shaped my generation? How does belonging to a certain generation influence my communication style? How does it affect my leadership approach and decision-making? How have these factors contributed to the organizational culture and my own work experience? This resource is offered in the spirit of increased understanding of how a diversity of lived experiences impacts the workplace.

Crafting Your DEI Statement and Making a Case for Change

This resource includes a multi-part exercise to draft an organizational DEI commitment statement with staff input to be led by the Executive Director. It would also be the perfect project for a DEI committee facilitated by a DEI Lead. Through the exercises, you’ll explore why DEI is important to your organization and begin to outline your commitments to diversity and inclusion.

Creating a Feedback-Rich Culture

Feedback isn’t about “once-and-done.” An effective organization strives to create a feedback-rich culture which takes both organizational systems and leadership behaviors that are applied consistently over time. Systems support and sustain behaviors. Behaviors bring systems to life. Use this list to see where your organizations thrive and identify where you might need to focus on improving.

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